Planted evidence claim in murder trial

Pietermaritzburg – A former dog unit policeman and an SANDF soldier have been described in court as dishonest and accused of planting evidence to bolster their claim that they were acting in self-defence when they shot an unarmed man.

Morne Croeser, a former Pietermaritzburg policeman, and Paul Jeke are on trial following a shooting during a joint police and SANDF roadblock at Ingwavuma in 2010, in which Sibekezelo Ndlovu was killed. The two, who are accused of murder, will have to wait a week to hear their fate. Ndlovu was a passenger in a bakkie that tried to evade the roadblock on June 8, 2010.

It was later established that the driver of the vehicle, Mthokozisi Manganyela, did not have a valid licence.

Croeser was on border duty in the area at the time.

The accused have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ndlovu, to assaulting Manganyela, and to defeating or attempting to obstruct the course of justice by tampering with the murder scene.