Unexpected Advocate Teffo withdraws from Senzo Meyiwa case.Advocate Malesela Teffo on Tuesday afternoon told judge Tshifhiwa Maumela that the reason he can no longer respresent four of the accused in the murder trial of Senzo Meyiwa is “because of serious allegations where you are accused number one”.

Unexpected Advocate Teffo withdraws from Senzo Meyiwa case


Teffo’s withdrawal as counsel for accused one to four in the Meyiwa murder case came shortly after Judge Maumela dismissed the application by Mthobisi Mncube, who claimed he was being ill-treated at the Kgosi Mampuru prison.Teffo said he will return to his role as watching brief on behalf of the Meyiwa family.

“I will no longer be able to can proceed in this court based on the harassment that I’m receiving from the State and from the court.

The accused have been consulted and it has been agreed upon, based on what is happening to me,” Teffo said.He further said he took it upon himself that he would represent the accused after he was approached by their families, including the Meyiwa family.

“At the time when I was approached together with my attorney to represent the accused, I was a watching brief for the Meyiwa family in so far as case number two is concerned.“I’m a human being your lordship. I’ve got emotions. I’ve got feelings, and I deserve and demand respect,” he told the court before withdrawing.

Teffo then went on a tangent, explaining why he had decided to withdraw.

“I will no longer be able to proceed in this court, based on the harassment that I am receiving from the State and from the court.”

Without substantiation or providing context, he said there were serious allegations – and also added that Maumela was “accused number one”.

Taking it one step further, Teffo claimed that his April arrest was part of a plan hatched in Ramaphosa’s office.

Teffo did not provide evidence or elaborate on this allegation.

Instead, he doubled down and claimed that the plan was to frame the accused for the murder of Meyiwa.

He said he was harassed by the National Prosecuting Authority, police and the court for interfering with this so-called plan.

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Teffo was arrested in April after a warrant of arrest was authorised by the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court when he failed to appear in court for a separate matter, for which he is an accused.

While Teffo has withdrawn as counsel, he said he would remain as a watching brief for the Meyiwa family.

However, it is understood that the watching brief is only for Meyiwa’s family because AfriForum’s private prosecution unit represents Meyiwa’s mother.

The matter has been provisionally postponed to August for four of the accused to obtain legal representation.

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