Shocking Allegations in Senzo Meyiwa Case: Investigator Offered R3 Million Bribe for False Confession
Defence lawyer Advocate Thulani Mngomezulu has levelled serious accusations against the lead investigator, Brigadier Bongani Gininda, in a courtroom drama unfolding at the Pretoria High Court.
Mngomezulu accused Gininda of attempting to bribe accused number two, Bongani Ntanzi, with a staggering sum of R3 million, all in an effort to coerce Ntanzi into implicating specific individuals.
During the cross-examination of Gininda, Mngomezulu revealed that the lead investigator had allegedly offered Ntanzi the substantial amount of money in exchange for a false confession. The defence team is currently challenging the admissibility of the confessions purportedly made by the accused in the murder case.
Mngomezulu directly confronted Gininda, asserting, “You requested him to work with you to cooperate. That’s why you offered him R3 million as long as he was going to implicate the right people.”
These allegations surfaced barely a day after Gininda made a stunning revelation in an affidavit, supposedly from Ntanzi, which claimed that singer Kelly Khumalo had ordered the hit on Meyiwa.
In response to Mngomezulu’s accusations, Gininda vehemently denied any wrongdoing, stating that there was no incentive for him to offer a bribe, as it would be both unethical and illegal. Furthermore, Gininda emphasized that the unit he leads did not possess the budget to entertain such an offer at the time.
“I’m shocked. I have never heard of the state bribing people with R3 million. I have never heard of it, it’s a lie. There is no budget of R3 million I have. Why would I even do that when the accused co-operated with me?,” Gininda asked.
Mngomezulu also accused the police of assaulting Ntanzi before he made the alleged confession after his arrest in June 2020. Ntanzi alleges he was assaulted at different locations and forced to sign the confession statement on 19 June 2020 and the second confession five days later. Gininda told the court that the confession was concluded by midday that he did not see any sign of assault and that Ntanzi did not complain of being assaulted.