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Eleven men accused of robbery and the murder of police officers during the Jeppestown shootout claimed yesterday they were being denied food in custody.
The 11 accused, all being held at C-Max Prison in Pretoria, told the court that since the beginning of the trial in the Johannesburg high court on January 28, they had been given only one meal a day.
Advocate Steven Nkosi, for one of the accused, said he had been informed that the accused left C-Max Prison before breakfast time every morning and that there were no arrangements for them to receive lunch during the day. This meant the only meal they were able to eat was supper.
This led to the prosecution calling C-Max Prison officer Norman Mkhwanazi to the witness stand.
Mkhwanazi denied the accused's claims, saying they were given all three meals everyday. He claimed they were the one's who were refusing to eat.
"Breakfast time is between 7am and 7.30am. They leave the prison between 7.30am and 8am, after they have had breakfast. As far as I know, they are provided with lunch everyday, like all other prisoners," Mkhwanazi said.
The accused are facing charges ranging from murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of arms and ammunition.
They are alleged to have robbed a Pick 'n Pay supermarket in June 2006. They are also alleged to have been involved in a shootout with police in Jeppestown later that day, in which four policemen and eight robbers died.
Yesterday, Inspector Hendrick Engelbrecht, of the Local Criminal Records Centre, testified that he took details, photographs and conducted tests on the accused.
However, during cross-examination, defence attorneys claimed that when he conducted the tests, the accused were chained together, meaning that the samples he collected must have been contaminated.