Advocate teffo Malesela who currently representing the accused in senzo Meyiwa has asked the high court to resume the trial earlier than expected nor planned. Teffo wrote to the high court for it to consider making an urgent request to bring the trial forward to May 18th rather than the proposed date May 30.
He stated it would be in the best interest of all parties involved in the parties in the case.
The trial was postponed following the arrest of defendant advocate Teffo in court. In the letter he did indicate that as he is representing the accused, he receives dead threats from the police.
Senzo Robert Meyiwa (24 January 1984 – 26 October 2014) was a South African professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper and captain for both Orlando Pirates in the Premier Soccer lead, and the South African national team. He was shot and killed in a robbery on 26 October 2014
TimesLIVE reported that Teffo he also wrote a letter to national police commissioner Gen Fannie Masemola asking him to intervene, however, he did not respond. In the same letter, the national commissioner was informed about the threat to have Teffo arrested.
Teffo is also considering suing the Minister of Police Bheki Cele and the police officers who arrested him. Teffo’s attorney Tshepo Timothy Thobane said the manner, place, timing, and way in which he was arrested is concerning.
The NPA says the arrest inside the courtroom was not given the go ahead by them and the Gauteng director of public prosecutions (DPP) says it was not consulted prior to the arrest and did not give go ahead for Teffo to be arrested in court.
the National Prosecuting Authority has spoken out about the circumstance surrounding the arrest of Advocate Malesela Teffo who is the defence lawyer of four out of the five men who stand accused of slaying the famed soccer player Senzo Meyiwa