‘Mahao already dead on arrival at hospital’
that they were a result of gunshots”.
A lawyer representing government and the LDF, Advocate Motiea Teele, asked Colonel ramoqopo if she could identify the people sitting in a van parked near the ambulance.
“luckily, I don’t know them and even if I did, I would not say,” she responded.
However, in his cross-examination, Adv Phoofolo told both Private Sechele and Col ramoqopo they had lied that lt-gen Mahao was still alive when he arrived at the hospital.
“you are lying when you say Ntate Mahao was alive and walking by himself when he arrived at the hospital. A clear indication of your lies is proved by why it was important to ask Private Sechele to bring a sheet to the parking bay. you were going to use the sheet to cover the corpse.
“The post-mortem report that I am holding here clearly shows that he arrived at the hospital dead. Under the heading ‘CHEST’ the report says, ‘The right lateral chest wall shows penetrating injury. There is a large irregular defect in the chest wall overlying the lateral aspect of the body of the fifth rib (which has been fractured and completely disrupted).
“This wound tract continues through the posterior chest wall structures and skin, culminating in the wound on the right upper back. There is approximately 200ml of residual fluid blood in the right chest cavity. Under the heading ‘ABDOMEN’ sub-heading ‘liver’, the report further notes; minimal associated subscapular and deep parenchymal haemorrhage is present here. The appearance is consistent with blunt force injury to this region.
“Do you want to tell this commission that a person who sustained these injuries can survive more than an hour and walk by himself? I put to you that you have been lying,” Adv Phoofolo said.
But Colonel ramoqopo insisted she was telling the truth.
“I told the commission what I saw, not what I was told. Brigadier Mahao was alive, talking and walking when he arrived at the hospital.”
Advocate Haee Phoofolo (Kc).