Teffo alleged a plan to get him off the trial was hatched in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office.
“On the 28th of April when I was arrested before your court, that was a plan, and the plan was hatched in the office of the president — the number one office in the country.”
He said though he was withdrawing from representing the four accused, he would continue with his watching brief on behalf of the Meyiwa family as he was appointed by Sifiso.
In a statement, the presidency denied Teffo’s claims, saying it found the “unsubstantiated and baseless claims” mischievous and harmful to the standing of the office of the president.
“The presidency has noted and strongly refutes the false claims made by advocate Malesela Teffo that the presidency is behind his alleged intimidation and subsequent decision to withdraw from the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial,” said spokesperson for the president Vincent Magwenya.
The presidency did not participate in criminal investigations or trials and was not involved in any perceived or actual harassment of Teffo.
“As an officer of the court and a professional in the legal fraternity, advocate Teffo must appreciate the level of veracity that is necessary to support such claims about any institution or individual. The presidency espouses the values of our constitution and cherishes protection, safety and justice for all.”
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