Senzo Meyiwa trial

The late Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa. Image: Austin Ogiza / Flickr

Twist in Senzo Meyiwa case – as lawyer’s ‘conflict of interest’ emerges

A surprising turn of events in Senzo Meyiwa’s murder case has left many asking questions about whether or not it is a conflict of interest.

Senzo Meyiwa trial

The late Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa. Image: Austin Ogiza / Flickr

Advocate Malesela Teffo is the defence attorney for four of the men accused of the murder of Senzo Meyiwa. AfriForum’s private prosecution recently revealed that Teffo was the briefing attorney for Meyiwa’s brother, Sifiso.

Alleged conflict of interest emerges in Senzo Meyiwa’s murder case

The shocking turn of events has been described as a ‘conflict of interest’ as Sifiso hired Teffor when he pursued justice for his slain brother. Advocate Gerrie Nel stated that it was a very unusual case.

The fact that the same representative who is acting on behalf of a family member is also defending four out of the five accused is not a common occurrence. Nel stated that State Advocate George Baloi’s statement of the matter being a conflict of interest is an agreeable one.

He explained that the quick change in legal representatives by the accused may delay the murder case further. 

Lawyer believes there’s no conflict of interest

In an interview with TimesLIVE, Teffo stated that there was no conflict of interest.

According to Teffo, Sifiso and the families of the four accused requested him and his attorney to defend them. Teffo stated that Sifiso believes no one had entered the house to shoot Senzo but that the killer and the murder weapon were in the house.

The clients Teffo are representing are Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Mothokoziseni Maphisa and Mthobisi Prince Mncube. The four stand accused of attempted murder, murder, possession of firearms without a licence, possession of ammunition and armed robbery.

Fisokuhle Ntuli is the fifth accused and is being represented by his own lawyer.

Senzo Meyiwa: Accuseds’ lawyer wants court to pursue Kelly Khumalo

Malesela Teffo is the newly appointed lawyer for four of the five men who are accused of Senzo Meyiwa’s murder. The former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper’s murder case is still going, nearly eight years after his death

Teffo has submitted representations to the State for the trial to be discontinued. He wants the court to turn its focus on Meyiwa’s then-girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo as well as others who were present on the night Meyiwa was murdered.

An inquiry at the Pretoria High Court on Thursday, 17 March, was held in order to confirm the five accused legal representatives, according to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Read the full story here.