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Magistrate Cronje is Back in Court For The Meyiwa Trial

On Monday morning in the Pretoria High Court, a magistrate in the Senzo Meyiwa trial will take the witness stand once more for additional cross-examination.

In her testimony, Magistrate Vivian Cronje described how one of Meyiwa’s alleged murders made a confession in front of her in June 2020.

Bongani Ntanzi, according to Cronje, was composed and upbeat as he discussed his role in the murder of the Bafana Bafana captain.

In 2014, Meyiwa was shot inside his girlfriend’s Vosloorus home.

The Pretoria High Court ruled this week that the secretly recorded confession of Bongani Ntanzi by Cronje was inadmissible as evidence.

Advocate Thulani Mngomezulu, who represented Ntanzi, informed Cronje that his client merely signed the pro forma—the section of the statement that dealt with the deponent’s rights—rather than his primary declaration.

“That place has an initial. There is a signature there, regardless of whether he used a cross, his thumbprint, or his note, Cronje insisted.

The attorneys for defendants 3, 4, and 5 will also get the opportunity to cross-examine the magistrate on Monday.