'Malema is right, Teffo is making this about himself': SA reacts to the advocate's antics
Former advocate in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial Teffo Malesela has been slammed by many online after he was disbarred and following him barging into court this week.
Teffo was struck off the roll of advocates on Friday, after an application by the Legal Practice Council. It followed an investigation into allegations of misleading the court, threatening clients and acting unethically.
Just hours earlier, Malesela walked into the Pretoria high court in his robes saying he was “back from leave” and demanded to see judge Tshifhiwa Maumela.
A conversation between him and the other lawyers ensued. After a few moments, Teffo walked to the passage leading to the judges' chambers. Armed police officers followed.
Advocate Zandile Mshololo, for accused 5, was heard saying: ''Call the security. He is here to fight the judge.’’
Several police officers walked into the court and went to the judge’s chambers. A few minutes later, police came back and Maumela followed.
Prosecutor George Baloyi said Teffo wanted to deal with the matter of the controversial second docket related to the murder.
He said Teffo wanted all parties involved in the trial to see the judge, and, when they refused, forced his way past them.
Teffo represented four of the five men accused of Meyiwa’s murder before withdrawing from the case.
Speaking on Power98.7, he denied he forced his way into the court to see the judge in his chambers.
Teffo said his appearance was planned a day before.
“My appearance at the court was an agreement with the National Prosecution Authority,” he said.
On social media, many said Teffo's antics proved EFF leader Julius Malema's claim that Teffo is an attention-seeker.
Addressing media in July, Malema said Teffo was disrespectful and making the trial about himself.
“I am not sympathetic towards Teffo. He is disrespectful and has made the case about him. That is why we are being asked about him and not about how the case is going.”
According to Malema, Teffo’s lack of skill is the reason he is disrespectful.
“I have chickens where I stay in Polokwane. If they steal those chickens, I will not call Teffo to represent me. He has no skill, no decorum and no respect for the bench at all.”
Remember when Advocate Teffo argued that Kelly Khumalo’s watching brief should not be in court? Now he wants to be in court as a watching brief on behalf of certain members of the Meyiwa family only for those members to say they never gave him instructions to be in court 😭— Tina (@Tina_Hokwana) September 15, 2022
#Teffo was clumsy, reckless and sometimes acted dishonorably. We hear also he misappropriated client's funds. Granted that all happened. Why did LPC wait until now? The LPC is correct but the timing seems suspicious. Decision also seems harsh. No disciplinary? #SenzoMeyiwatrial— Simphiwe Khumalo Says (@SimpiweKumalo) September 16, 2022
Why does Teffo want to go to the judge’s chambers and forcefully so? He’s not on brief anymore. This guy is a tyrant and we’ve been quiet about it for too long. Now the court needs extra security personnel to guard against attacks from Teffo. Aowa guys. #SenzoMeyiwatrial— Counsel👨⚖️ (@thee_adv) September 15, 2022
I am expecting the honorable Adv Teffo to go an a media tour to lambast almost everyone who matters in this country. Idolo will not hold back.— Vhakoma (@blackpresidante) September 16, 2022
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