Teffo arrested on multiple charges
Gauteng police confirmed yesterday that disbarred advocate Malesela Teffo, who was one of the defence lawyers in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, was arrested and detained at the Pretoria Central police station.
TimesLIVE reports that Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi said Teffo is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court tomorrow.
He has been arrested on charges of fraud, assault, malicious damage to property and trespassing.
Teffo was struck off the roll last year by the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) after 22 complaints were received by the Legal Practice Council (LPC).
The LPC said the complaints, from 2019 to last year, included assault; misleading the court on several occasions; contempt of court; breaching court orders; consulting clients without a brief from an attorney; and misappropriating funds received from clients.
TimesLIVE previously reported that Judge Winston Msimeki penned a judgment on 22 March 2022 officially throwing Teffo off the Meyiwa case.
This for allegedly misbehaving and being disrespectful in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) in another case in which he was involved.
Msimeki’s 23-page judgment made shocking revelations about how Teffo had disrespected him in court. This included telling Msimeki he is ‘not a sober judge’ and is ‘73 years old and ought to have retired at 70 instead of remaining in court carrying a political mandate without a case’.
Listing a range of other allegations – including when Teffo missed court dates because he was in jail, threatening the prosecutor in court and addressing Msimeki by his surname instead of ‘your lordship’ – Msimeki said: ‘I, in my entire career as a judge or attorney while I practised never experienced nor saw what Mr Teffo was doing in court.’
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