Senzo Meyiwa Adv Teffo

Senzo Meyiwa’s brother, Sifiso. Photo: Twitter @City_Press

‘We are not worried’: Meyiwa family on Adv Teffo quitting mid-trial

The family of Senzo Meyiwa has broken its silence on defence lawyer, Advocate Malesela Teffo’s decision to quit mid-trial.

Senzo Meyiwa Adv Teffo

Senzo Meyiwa’s brother, Sifiso. Photo: Twitter @City_Press

The family of slain Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa, says they are not worried about defence lawyer Advocate Malesela Teffo quitting the case mid-trial.

Advocate Teffo represented four of the five men accused of murdering Meyiwa told the Pretoria High on Tuesday that he is quitting citing harrassment from the State and the court. 


The news of Adv Teffo quitting the case came as a shock to many as the Meyiwa family and many South Africans had pinned their hopes on him and were positive that justice will prevail. 

Adv Teffo said he will go back to being on watching brief which is what he was doing before he represented accused 1 – 4.

“What is happening here is heartbreaking. The justice system in this country is becoming a clients are being prosecuted for sins they never committed. I cannot be part of this. Each time I raise an issue for accused 1 – 4 Judge Maumela cannot take a decision but let it be another one who raises something he is able to take a decision,” Teffo said outside court.

Despite the bombshell Teffo dropped, the Meyiwa family says they are not shaken. 

In an interview with Newzroom Afrika, Senzo’s brother, Sifiso Meyiwa said they are not worried about Teffo quitting the case midtrial. 

Sifiso said Teffo was receiving threats from police who do not want to arrest the correct people for the murder of his brother. He added that he also received threats at some point but they have since stopped. 

“He told us about the harassment and we agreed that he should take this decision. We are not worried because we know what will happen from now on. He is still on case 375 which is the one that has evidence,” Meyiwa said. 

Meyiwa also said he feels the lives of the five accused are in danger because of ill treatment from police.  On Tuesday, accused 3, Mthobisi Mncube took the stand to tell the court about ill-treatment inside Kgosi Mampuru prison where he is detained. Presiding Judge, Tshifhiwa Maumela said he cannot make a ruling and dismissed Mncube’s letter and testimony.

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