Suspended Maumela still judge in Senzo Meyiwa case


Rumors that Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela will be replaced in the case of the persons prosecuted for the murder of Senzo Meyiwa are false.

Aubrey Ledwaba, the deputy judge president in the Gauteng High Court, confirmed that he is currently in discussion with the judicial management of the case and how it will proceed. He is also in discussion with the director of public prosecutions and all legal representatives of the accused.

Judge Maumela remains the judge in the case, but he is currently unwell due to health reasons and therefore Ledwaba has been brought in to deal with the issues surrounding the case. “The issue of who will handle the court case will be determined soon and all relevant factors will be taken into account.”

Meyiwa, former goalkeeper of Bafana Bafana, was shot dead on 26 October 2014 in Vosloorus on the East Rand.

Maumela is one of the judges who were recently suspended for delaying the finalization of sentences.

Adv. Malesela Teffo, who defended four of the five accused in the sensational murder of the former Bafana Bafana captain, argued in June last year that an eyewitness would be able to testify that Kelly Khumalo pulled the trigger of the firearm that shot the soccer star dead. . The incident took place in Khumalo’s home. Khumalo, a singer, and Meyiwa were in a relationship at the time.

Teffo withdrew from the case in July 2022 and argued that a plan in pres. Cyril Ramaphosa’s office was conceived. According to him, it was decided that he is a “problematic advocate” who interferes with this plan. Vincent Magwenya, Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, said in a statement that Teffo’s allegations were considered “harmful to the prestige of the office of the president”. “The presidency does not participate in criminal investigations or hearings, and is in no way involved in the alleged harassment of adv. Teffo not involved.”

Zandie Khumalo, a music artist and witness in the case who was in the house where the incident took place on the night of Meyiwa’s death, shared a letter on Instagram on Wednesday that she wrote to Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa sent.

“It has been a long and painful eight years for the families who were affected by the incident, and are still affected by this,” she writes. “I would like to request that the Senzo Meyiwa case be urgently prioritized for the sake of the families who want relief.”

She requests that the case “must appear in court from Monday to Friday until the case is settled and a verdict is delivered”. “I think I speak for almost everyone when I say that the delays, delays and breaks have been more than enough. It is time for us to renounce it altogether.”

The Senzo Meyiwa case resumes on 17 July 2023 in the High Court in Pretoria.

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