Jan 27, 2023

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Advocate defending suspects in Senzo Meyiwa case wants trial to resume early as ‘witnesses are in danger’

The attorney representing four of the five men accused of the murder of Bafana Bafana player Senzo Meyiwa has written to the Supreme Court seeking an urgent request for an early retrial of the matter.

< p>The trial was initially postponed to May 30th. Attorney Malesela Teffo wants it to be resumed on May 18 and says it is in the best interests of the judiciary, the defendant and the deceased’s family.

“The defense testified to the defendants Four of them are receiving serious life threats from the police and we have written to the National Police Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola, asking him to intervene. However, the national commissioner never replied to our letter or acknowledged receipt,” he said in the submission.

“The same letter informed the national commissioner of the threats to arrest attorney Teffo on a fraudulent warrant on April 20. April, until attorney Teffo was arrested on April 28, and later the same national commissioner claimed [a] lack of knowledge of the warrant.”

Teffo claimed that the conduct of the police on April 28 was indubitable violated the rights of defendants one through four and their counsel under the provisions of Section 35(3)(f) of the Constitution.

Teffo asked the court to notify the parties in writing before Friday, so that they could prepare for the proposed date of May 18.

“May 30 was not proposed by the defense of defendants one through four. The current explosive situation against the defense of defendants one to four was never foreseeable. We value the safety of our witnesses, just as the state protects its witnesses, although it is not clear who and/or what is endangering the lives of state witnesses.”

Teffo said he was sure that The lives of defense witnesses are in danger.

“We request the honorable court to agree to expedite the trial by bringing it forward as soon as possible. This will be in the best interests of the judiciary, the accused and the deceased’s family,” he said.

Meanwhile, Isaac Dhludlu of the National Prosecutor’s Office said, “We have received the documents relating to this, but the defendants’ attorney five and the state already have court duties during this period, so May 30 was already decided in October 2021.”

The five men were arrested in connection with the October 2014 murder of Meyiwa. The accused are Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Sifisokuhle Nkani Ntuli.

They are charged with first degree murder, attempted murder, robbery in aggravated circumstances, possession of a firearm without a license and possession of Ammunition. They have all pleaded not guilty.

The people present at the home at the time of the shooting were Meyiwa’s friend Kelly Khumalo, her mother Ntombi, sister Zandi, Zandi’s friend Longwe Twala and Meyiwa’s friend Friends Mth okozisi Twala and Tumelo Madlala.

Khumalo’s two children – one aged four and the other, of whom Meyiwa was the father, seven months – were also present.

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