Cellphone Data Reveals Communication Between Accused in Senzo Meyiwa Murder Trial

Cellphone data analysis reveals communication between accused in Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, contradicting claims of no phone access, strengthening prosecution's case.

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Cellphone Data Reveals Communication Between Accused in Senzo Meyiwa Murder Trial

Cellphone Data Reveals Communication Between Accused in Senzo Meyiwa Murder Trial

The Senzo Meyiwa murder trial took a significant turn on Wednesday as cellphone data analyst Gideon Gouws testified about the evidence found on the phones of two of the accused, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi and Sifisokuhle Nkani Ntuli. Gouws' analysis revealed communication between all five accused individuals prior to the trial.

According to Gouws, Ntanzi's phone contained two SIM cards, with contacts on the Vodacom SIM card indicating communication with the other accused. While Ntanzi's phone could not be fully downloaded due to a security code, data extracted from his SIM cards and memory card showed an image of a firearm and a news article about the case.

Ntuli's phone also had two Vodacom SIM cards, and although most of the data was deleted, Gouws identified contacts for Ntuli's legal representative and another accused, Mthobisi Mncube. The testimony provided evidence of communication between the accused before the trial for Meyiwa's murder in 2014.

During his testimony, Gouws corroborated the findings of previous cellphone analyst Col Lambertus Steyn. The evidence presented by Gouws contradicted Ntanzi's claim that he did not have access to a phone since his arrest in June 2020. The data showed that Ntanzi used a phone found in his cell in February 2021 to edit and save pictures, download an image of guns, and communicate with co-accused individuals.

Why this matters:The cellphone data evidence linking the five accused individuals to the crime and each other is a pivotal development in the high-profile Senzo Meyiwa murder trial. The testimony from the cellphone data analyst sheds light on the communication and activities of the accused, potentially strengthening the prosecution's case.

In the trial, the cellphone records of the men accused of killing former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa will remain a key focus. The evidence presented by Gideon Gouws, including the communication between the accused and the presence of relevant images on their phones, adds another layer to the complex case that has gripped South Africa since Meyiwa's murder in 2014.

Key Takeaways

  • Cellphone data analysis reveals communication between 5 accused in Senzo Meyiwa murder trial.
  • Accused Ntanzi's phone contained image of firearm and news article about the case.
  • Accused Ntuli's phone had contacts for his lawyer and another accused, Mncube.
  • Cellphone data contradicts Ntanzi's claim of not having access to a phone since arrest.
  • Cellphone evidence is a pivotal development in the high-profile Senzo Meyiwa murder trial.