Lawyer for the four defendants in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, Advocate Malisela Teffo, has been at the center of headlines ever since the trial began, sparking arguments between himself and the trial's presiding judge, Tshifhiwa Maumela. Just recently, however, Teffo announced that he would no longer be representing his clients.
The entire country of South Africa was taken aback when Teffo suddenly announced he was changing his mind and would be returning to court. However, it appears he may have gotten himself into trouble with the Legal Practice Board, which is considering striking him off the roll. Teffo is not prepared to be removed just like that, and he has since issued a serious warning to the board, saying that if they dare remove him, there will be chaos in the courts.
Teffo is quoted as saying that whomever makes the decision must put their feelings aside and act rationally, or else the country will burn as there will be unrests and people will not let him to be stricken off the roll, leading to significant catastrophe.
The Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, had a significant political role in the so-called Legal Practice Council hearing, which resembled a kangaroo court. Given the foregoing, a verdict against Malesela Teffo's legal representation could spark a civil war. Recently, former president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki said that an Arab spring in Africa might be unavoidable. Consequently, for the sake of peace and justice in the country, decision-makers in this area must not let their emotions control them "information suggests.
When Teffo was arrested in court, he claimed that the president's office was behind his arrest and promised a news conference to explain his withdrawal from the Meyiwa case.
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