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Defense deplores state control

This as they prepare for their trial, which was due to start on Monday morning at the High Court in Pretoria.

Three of the five accused in the murder of Senzo Meyiwa at the High Court in Pretoria on April 11, 2022. Photo: Kgomotso Modise/Eyewitness News

PRETORIA — The legal teams of the men accused of killing soccer icon Senzo Meyiwa have sung in unison of the difficulties they faced consulting with their clients.

This as they prepare for their trial, which was due to start on Monday morning at the High Court in Pretoria.

This was delayed after lawyers for one of the defendants requested a postponement, citing the inability to consult.

The case will resume on Tuesday for the start of the trial.

Lawyer Zandile Mshololo, who acts on behalf of Sifisokuhle Ntuli, deplored the state’s handling of Meyiwa’s murder trial, saying the state violated his right to a fair trial by issuing crucial statements at the eleventh hour.

As a result, she could not consult her client.

“The Department of Corrections gives us a lot of problems when it comes to counseling
and for defendant number five, Your Honour, if he can be kept in court today, I may view him.”

Lawyer Maelsela Teffo, who represents four of the defendants, stood up in support of Mshololo, saying he too had struggled to see his clients.

“We are going through the same thing as defendant number five and we certainly don’t see what’s going to be different from today.”

While some of these men were being held in prisons outside Gauteng, arrangements were made for them to be housed in Leeukop and Kgosi Mampuru prisons.

Only one of the defendants is being held in Modderbee prison in Benoni.



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