Cape Town – Advocate Malesela Teffo, who was representing four of the accused in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, was a no show at the Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.
This was despite his announcement on Twitter last week that he would be resuming his duties as counsel on Tuesday, but only if his demands were met.
Teffo said this, as he made a u-turn from his prior withdrawal from the case on July 12.
He made a number of outrageous demands and allegations in a letter to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
Among them, he demanded the removal of Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela, whom he accused of a witchcraft plot to collapse him in court.
TimesLIVE reported on Tuesday that instructing attorney Timothy Thobane indicated that there had been no instruction to reappoint Teffo to represent the four accused.
“The advocate who was appearing in this matter has withdrawn. When he spoke it was not part of the instruction. He is not part of this matter anymore. Whatever he says, he says it out of his [own] mind,” the report quoted Thobane as saying.
Speaking on the witchcraft allegation made by Teffo, Judge Maumela said his physician was Jesus.
“I have a physician called Jesus and he needs no augmentation. Even before I came here I consulted my physician,” the report quoted Maumela as saying.
IOL reported that the trial was postponed to September 5.
Meyiwa was gunned down at Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus, Gauteng on the evening of October 26, 2014.
Six years later, in 2020, Muzikawukhulelwa S’Tembu Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa, and Fisokuhle Ntuli were arrested.
They were charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
Picture: Twitter/ @sugarmash1
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe