Thursday, 28 April 2022 15:38

Senzo Meyiwa murder trial defence advocate Malesela Teffo arrested.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.


Advocate Malesela Teffo, who represents four of the accused in the Senzo Meyiwa trial has been arrested.

Police arrived at the courtroom to arrest Teffo because he had missed a previous court appearance.

Teffo was arrested in July 2020 and charged with common assault and trespassing after allegedly trying to enter a South African Police Services building to represent a client in a labour dispute.

The court earlier heard from Teffo's instructing attorney in the Meyiwa case there was a tip-off he would be arrested. 

Teffo claimed he was being arrested because Police Minister Bheki Cele did not want him on the Meyiwa case.

Gauteng NPA Spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane confirmed that Teffo was arrested for failing to appear in court in January for a trespassing charge.

Sifisokuhle Ntuli, Muzikawukhulelwa Sthemba Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Ncube, and Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa who are charged with murdering the Bafana Bafana captain in Vosloorus in 2014, will remain behind bars until the next appearance.

The suspects are already serving various sentences for convictions in other unrelated cases.

Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela warned the witness Sergeant Thabo Mosia, who is currently on the stand, that he is not to discuss details of the case with anyone while the court is in recess.

Proceedings got underway with an application by State prosecutor, advocate George Baloyi, to have certain testimony struck from the record following the cross-examination of forensic field worker, Sergeant Thabo Mosia. 

Mosia was the first forensic detective on the crime scene on the evening that Meyiwa was shot at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's home on 26 October 2014. 

In his evidence-in-chief, Mosia explained that he went to the scene to bag and tag evidence. He testified about what evidence he had collected. 

During cross-examination on Tuesday, advocate Teffo claimed that DNA found on a hat allegedly belonging to the person who pulled the trigger that killed Meyiwa, was that of a woman.

Mosia had previously testified that a black, white, and brown scotch hat was found on the floor in the kitchen. 

Mosia confirmed that it was believed the suspect who entered the house using the kitchen entrance had left the hat behind. He said this was confirmed by Kelly Khumalo, who was dating Meyiwa at the time. 

According to the State, there were two suspects at the home of Khumalo on the night of the shooting, but only one entered the house with a firearm while the other stayed outside armed with a knife. The State accused Mncube of being the gunman. 

Mosia also explained that while he collected the evidence and sent it for analysis, he had not received the results. 

On Thursday, Baloyi rubbished Teffo's claims on the DNA, saying that the information the State had was contrary to what the defence counsel previously placed on record. 

Baloyi added that no DNA report had been given to Mosia, so he could not testify on something he knew nothing about. 

The State also took exception to questions posed to Mosia about what sort of firearm was used in the commission of the crime. 

Teffo asked Mosia to explain how there were no cartridge casings found at the scene, yet the State alleged that Mncube shot Meyiwa with a 9mm parabellum. 

Mosia speculated that a revolver could have been used. 

Baloyi argued that this question should have not been asked as Mosia was not a ballistics or DNA expert.

The State, in its objection to the line of questioning, asserted that Mosia gave expert evidence on the collection, marking and dispatching of exhibits, but could not answer questions about the outcome of the forensic analysis of the evidence. 

Court had adjourned for a month and will resume on 30 May.