May 18, 2021

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Lawyer thoughts movie footage at centre of Malema and Ndlozi’s assault situation

By Boitumelo Metsing 20h back

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Johannesburg – The online video footage of EFF chief Julius Malema and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi allegedly assaulting Colonel Johannes Venter was at the centre of their frequent assault trial at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court docket on Wednesday.

The managing of the footage proof was in the highlight as the EFF leaders’ lawyer, advocate Laurence Hodes, lifted queries of whether or not the chain of activities or situation was recorded properly as dates did not correspond with all those specified by the fourth witness and preceding investigating officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Seanego.

Working day two of the trial brought additional witnesses to the stand.

The fourth witness referred to as was Seanego, who was the investigating officer of the case at the time. Now retired, he informed the court docket how he experienced acquired the footage and what he did with it afterwards.

He reported he attained it from the Fourways Memorial Cemetery. It was collected from Deon Klingbiel, the former supervisor of the cemetery. He also heard of the video clip that Lieutenant James Bronkhorst was in possession of and produced an work to get it.

The footage and the manner in which it was obtained and taken care of was questioned by Hodes in his cross-examination when he requested Seanego how he received and dealt with the footage.

Seanego advised the courtroom that he followed technique, stating that right after getting the footage, he sealed the exhibit and straight away took it to the Pretoria Cyber Crime Unit.

Hodes disputed that, stating the dates he furnished did not match all those in the assertion in which Seanego said he registered the show in SAP13 and later on despatched it to Cyber Criminal offense.

Hodes instructed Seanego that his testimony contradicted what Klingbiel explained when he was on the stand on Tuesday.

“Mr Klingbiel claims, and told the court docket, that you in no way sealed the exhibit in a forensic bag in entrance of him,” explained Hodes.

Seanego disputed this.

The fifth witness, Warrant Officer Jack Smith, who signed for receiving the evidence, claimed the proof may have been tampered with.

Smith told the court docket that when he received the footage, it came in a USB as nicely as a disc. On analyzing the footage, he created a photograph album of about 23 to 30 illustrations or photos entirely.

However, 11 of the unique variety have been handed about to the law enforcement.

When asked if there could possibly be a possibility the picture album was tampered with, Smith agreed.

Outside the court docket, Malema dealt with the media.

He explained the Point out has no credible proof from them and that witnesses ended up striving to hide info.

The circumstance has been postponed to July for the Point out to deliver far more witnesses.

The Star