Drama As Advocate Malesela Teffo Withdraws From Senzo Meyiwa Murder Trial

Advocate Malesela Teffo, the counsel representing four of the accused in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case, has withdrawn from the case, citing harassment by the police.

Yesterday, Tuesday, 12 April, the lawyer had complained about the persistent “harassment” from the police and made it known he was withdrawing from the case.

Before then, he had asked that the letter from one of the accused, Mthobisi Mncube, be read in court. In the letter, Mncube had complained that the conditions of his solitary confinement at the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison were insufferable.

He described the quality of his food in prison as terrible and that he had no access to books and newspapers. That did not appear to move the judge, however.

Besides stating the police were harassing him, Adv Malesela Teffo also claimed that he was offered money to withdraw from the case but failed to state how much and from whom. Instead, he merely promised a press conference where he’d provide more details on why he withdrew from the case.

The case was adjourned to 2 August to allow the four accused to seek the services of a new counsel.

The Meyiwa murder case is one of the most closely followed in South Africa.

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