Port Elizabeth – Two witnesses who were supposed to testify in the
trial of Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused were unable to appear after
apparently hitting a kudu on the R75 while travelling to Port Elizabeth from
prosecutor Marius Stander asked if the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth
could adjourn slightly earlier than usual for lunch as neither Mncedi Gcukumana
nor Andile Gusha, police officials who were scheduled to testify after Captain
Willie Mayi, were available. Both men were injured over the weekend when they
hit a kudu while travelling to Port Elizabeth to testify in court.
indicated that he was in the process of securing other witnesses to come and
testify and would be in a position to resume in the afternoon.
Advocate Terry Price SC, for the defence, once again grilled Mayi about procedure in the arrest of alleged middleman
questioned Mayi about when he had read Siyoni his rights, and if he had
informed him of his right to refuse the
police entry to his home and to refuse to point
out the money that might implicate him in a crime.
also asked Mayi about the injuries that Siyoni had sustained and asked him to
explain, in detail, certain aspects around how he took down Babalwa Breakfast’s
statement, arrested Siyoni and warned Sizwezakhe Vumazonke.