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Evidence Links Same Firearm in Senzo Meyiwa Murder Trial to Alexandra Taxi Violence Case

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

A recent breakthrough in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial results from the evidence provided by Warrant Officer Cornelius Roelofse, a ballistic expert. He has positively linked the firearm used in the Alexandra taxi violence case, to the weapon in the ongoing Meyiwa murder trial.

During the trial on Friday, Roelofse, with over two decades of experience in the field, testified, "That is the firearm that matches 9 cartridges cases from the Alex case crime scene." This identification was corroborated by Lieutenant Colonel Christian Mangena, who also asserted that the same firearm was tested in consideration to the Meyiwa case.

Roelofse also dispelled theories suggesting a 38 Special Revolver was used in the murder, as the bullet recovered on scene would not have fitted into such a gun. He said, “No, my lord, because a 9 mm cartridge is thicker and wouldn’t fit in the 38 Special Revolver.”

This ammunition instead corresponds with a CZ 75 9 mm pistol, the gun found in the room of Accused 3 in 2015, who was previously sentenced in relation to the Alexandra case.

The trial also addressed theories of potential evidence tampering, with the defense contending that firearms could be switched to frame the accused individuals. Roelofse refuted these allegations, maintaining that the gun in their possession and the firearm he tested in 2015 bear the same identifiable marks and seal bag numbers.

The case continues with ongoing examination of ballistic evidence and its implications on the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial.

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