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    Meyiwa trial: Prime residue test on people in the house wasn’t conducted

    On Friday, the Pretoria High Court heard that Forensic officer, Sergeant Thabo Mosia did not conduct a prime residue test to determine if any of the people in the house the night former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was murdered may have shot him. 

    The trial has been postponed to Monday, 6 June after Mosia, who is a State witness, did not feel well. The State said Mosia had taken medication and it had its adverse effect. If he is still unwell, a second witness will be called in. 

    SPOTLIGHT ON POLICE CONDUCT ON THE CRIME SCENE 

    Sergeant Thabo Mosia, who was the first forensic officer to arrive at the crime scene, has been in the witness box this week. 

    On Friday, the court heard that when Mosia arrived at the scene he did not conduct a prime residue test. He said it never occurred to him that he should do it, however, he now believes he should have done it as the test does not take long. 

    Defence lawyer, Advocate Zandile Mshololo put it to Mosia that had he taken the prime residue test it would help the court to determine if any of the people in the house shot Meyiwa. Mosia agreed. 

    The court also heard that when Mosia arrived at the scene he did not ask any of the people who were in the house where Meyiwa was when he was shot. He also said he did not get a chance to interview any of the people regarding the incident. 

    MOSIA RELIED ON ‘HEARSAY’ IN MEYIWA CRIME SCENE

    Earlier this week, Mosia said the late Major-General Philani Ndlovu told him about the incident however, he did not give him the address to the crime scene. He instead went to Botshelong Hospital where Meyiwa was rushed to and later to the Vosloorus police station so he can obtain the crime scene address. 

    On Friday, Mosia revealed when he arrived at the crime scene he found the same Ndlovu who did not give him the address. Thereafter he revealed that he relied on him for information as her normally relies on a police officer he finds on the scene.

    ALSO READ: Is Zandile Gumede the eyewitness who will testify in the Meyiwa trial?

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