‘Ma­hao al­ready dead on ar­rival at hos­pi­tal’

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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).

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