The attorney representing four of the five defendants in Senzo Meyiwa’s murder trial on Tuesday announced that he was withdrawing from the case.
Malesela Teffo said he was quitting over alleged harassment by the judge , the police and the national prosecutor’s office.
“Before I can even accept the case to represent defendants one through four, there have been harassment that I should not attend this case from the police and the public prosecutor. I came to this case knowing what the consequences would be,” Teffo told the High Court in Pretoria.
However, he said he would continue with his duty of observation of the Meyiwa family.< /p>
Meyiwa, who was the goaltender for the Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana, was shot dead in October 2014 at the home of his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, the mother.
Kelly and others, who were with the Vosloorus home claimed at the time that Meyiwa was killed in a botched robbery.
Teffo, however, claimed otherwise. He had called for the charges against his clients to be dropped and insisted that charges be brought against Khumalo, her mother, her sister, her sister’s boyfriend and two of Meyiwa’s friends who were present at the time of the shooting.
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