Disbarred advocate Malesela Teffo’s failure to comply with the police led to the matter being postponed in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.
MALESELA Teffo’s court case could not go ahead as scheduled in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday after the disbarred advocate once again failed to comply with police during their investigation.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said the matter was postponed to Thursday following Teffo’s non-compliance, despite him being ordered to co-operate with investigators.
It was reported that Teffo refused to allow them to take his fingerprints for profiling and to give them his personal address, prompting the magistrate to order that Teffo must co-operate with the State by providing the requested information.
Teffo is accused of damaging property at a business office he allegedly rented in Pretoria, owned by City Property. The NPA said he was prohibited from entering the building from April 21, while on July 29 he allegedly went to the offices with a locksmith. Teffo was refused entry by a security guard on duty and he forced his way into his office.
The NPA said, along with the locksmith, he broke into the office.
“When another security officer who was on the scene was recording what was happening, it is alleged that Teffo assaulted him. The security officer ran to the police station to report the matter. When he returned to the scene, Teffo was already gone and took the door handle with him,” Mahanjana said.
Teffo is also accused of theft, where he allegedly charged two complainants for services.
In June, two complainants in the matter approached Teffo for legal assistance. It is alleged that Teffo agreed to assist the complainants and asked that they make a payment of R6,500 each, to his personal account, after which he would then arrange for consultation with them.
Mahanjana said the complainants made the requested payments. However, when they enquired about the consultation, it is alleged that Teffo ignored them.
The matter was then reported to the Legal Practice Council (LPC) and they were informed that Teffo was no longer in practice.
The Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, found that Teffo was “not fit” and struck him off the roll of advocates last year. Teffo previously represented four suspects linked to the murder of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.