In the ongoing trial of Senzo Meyiwa’s murder case, the State’s eighth witness, Elphus Mushwana, a former police investigator and cellphone analyst, swiftly concluded his testimony in less than two hours.
Mushwana’s role revolved around deciphering the phone records of individuals present in the house with the late Bafana Bafana captain on the fateful night of his killing in Vosloorus back in 2014.
Following the murder, a collection of five phones, including Meyiwa’s own device, was entrusted to Mushwana for analysis. However, complications arose as a pin code on Meyiwa’s phone and compatibility issues with Zandile Khumalo’s device hindered his ability to examine these two phones effectively.
During his appearance, led by State advocate George Baloyi, Mushwana conveyed to the court his inability to disclose the actual contents of the data contained within the other three phones.
Inquiring about the scope of the analysis, Baloyi queried whether the data itself had been downloaded or just the information extracted. In response, Mushwana clarified, “I don’t possess knowledge of the precise contents. My focus was solely on extracting the information. It’s worth elaborating that a transitional phase occurred. A new investigative team was established, as indicated in paragraph 10, during which the exhibits were transferred to another individual. Consequently, I was constrained in fully examining the data.”
The trial continues as further evidence is presented in the pursuit of justice for Senzo Meyiwa’s tragic demise.
#SenzoMeyiwaTrial | We’re back for the final stretch this week with a new witness on the stand. The State is again dealing with digital data with cellphone analyst Elphus Mushwana giving testimony about phone records. @khanya_mntambo pic.twitter.com/FRd1JFptA7
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 11, 2023