Attorney Malesela Teffo was granted bail of R10,000 on Friday after he was dramatically arrested the day before in Pretoria High Court when the trial of Senzo Meyiwa was adjourned.< /span>
Teffo appeared in Hillbrow Magistrates’ Court for failing to appear in another court for assault and trespassing unrelated to the Meyiwa Trial
Bail suggested by the state was R5,000 but the court ruled bail should be set at R10,000 as this was his second arrest.< /p>
Teffo had missed two court appearances in the matter. The first was in December but was postponed to February 10 because he was ill with Covid-19.
He said he missed the February appointment because the investigating officer said he was planning to appear in Johannesburg Regional Court when he is there In fact, he should appear in Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court.
The magistrate expressed surprise that Teffo did not receive this information from the court and not from the investigating officer as he was dealing with the procedure should be familiar with.
Attorney Tshepo Thobane said Teffo would continue to work on the Meyiwa case and they wanted his next release date to be May 27, since Teffo was on the proposed date of May 30. May in the Meyiwa case.
In a voice memo sent to SAfm and broadcast by Aldrin Sampear Thursday night, Teffo claimed his arrest was fraudulent and concerned the same case number like an arrest warrant that was lifted on December 28 and reopened on January 27.
He asked why the authorities were only reacting to the arrest now and hinted that it was It was a “fog” by the police and NPA “honchos” who “worried about my presence on the case because they knew I was going to bite them” .
Speaking to the media on Friday, Thobane said he had told the court that Teffo had received threats but would not go into detail.< // p>
Teffo again said he believes the authorities – the NPA and SAPS – were involved in the arrest. He said his spirit was not broken and that he was more determined than ever, but that he needed instructions on how to proceed.
Police Ministry spokesman Lirandzu Themba said, Police Minister Bheki Cele has requested a full report on the arrest from the National Commissioner, “including how the arrest was carried out by the police”.
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