Cape Town – The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is now handcuffing the Senzo Meyiwa murder-accused during their transit to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria and some of them throughout proceedings.
This decision comes after three of the accused were involved in a scuffle with an armed Correctional Services officer during a tea break.
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According to IOL, court proceedings were delayed on Tuesday as three of the accused – Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Mncube and Fisokuhle Ntuli – arrived late due to one of them objecting to being handcuffed during transit, claiming he was not a sentenced person.
National Commissioner Makgothi Samuel Thobakgale said that they would not tolerate such behaviour and would take action.
Some accused complained about tight handcuffs during proceedings, and the department was looking into the incident, the report said.
The accused are standing trial for the October 2014 murder of footballer Senzo Meyiwa.
The trial is currently in a trial-within-a-trial to determine if alleged confessions were made freely and voluntarily.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu