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Senzo Meyiwa trial: Police officer’s English during testimony has social media in stitches

A SAPS officer has left people across Africa in stitches after a video of him testifying in court went viral. During his testimony during the Senzo Meyiwa trial, the police officer, Sergeant Thabo Mosia, appeared to struggle with English.

When responding to simple questions, the South African police officer gave rambling, incoherent, and sometimes contradictory responses.

Unsurprisingly, the police officer’s struggles with English have gone viral and have left Africans on social media in stitches.

Many people across Africa remarked on how “English has never loved us.” They wondered why the South African police officer opted to use English when he would have been more eloquent in vernacular.

Sergeant Thabo Mosia

Some people also remarked on how some people across Africa always eschew vernacular languages in favour of English, even if their grasp of English is atrocious.

@ZukesM: South African courts are a comedy; you can put them on Netflix or youtube and make millions.

@cemambo: It’s always the safest to use vernacular in such instances. As someone said, “English is not our mother.” 😂

@bxlinska: I wish they’d let him do this in his mother tongue; there’s a translator there for a reason 🥴🥴😩 he’s obviously lying, but let him lie in his own language so that later on, he can’t blame English comprehension for perjurying himself

@BGF013: South Africa has 11 official languages, the court has interpreters, o gapeletša keng gore a a arabe ka English?

@ThobileNsimbini: Sometimes it’s always better to opt to testify in a language that you will be able to express yourself freely and fully…

@lebona_mafisa: English never liked us!

@2cdliwayo: I don’t think speaking English is the problem. The guy is simply too lazy to think before he talks.

Sergeant Mosia was the state’s first witness in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial.

Five men are being tried at the Pretoria High Court for killing the Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates ace goalkeeper on October 26, 2014.

However, the defence lawyer alleged that the five men currently on trial have been framed for the murder.

The lawyer, Advocate Malesela Teffo, claimed an eyewitness will testify that Kelly Khumalo shot Senzo Meyiwa with Longwe Twala’s gun. However, the lawyer said the shooting was accidental and not deliberate.

It seems that many in South Africa are convinced that Zandie Khumalo Gumede is the mystery witness who will snitch on her estranged sister Kelly Khumalo.

In other news – Connie Ferguson’s R5 million car leaves Mzansi speechless – WATCH

Mzansi actress and producer Constance Connie Ferguson is one of the country’s most decorated stars. She was born on June 10, 1970. She is popular for playing Karabo Moroka in South Africa’s most popular soapie Generations between 1994 and 2010.

Connie Ferguson

She returned to the show in 2014 when they were rebranding to Generations: The Legacy. Connie Ferguson (the Masilo) married fellow actor Neo Matsunyane in 1993. Whom she shares a daughter. They divorced in 1998, after five years of marriage. Learn More

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