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Teffo disbarred after courtroom finds he lacks integrity, not meets threshold of match, correct individual

  • Disgraced former authorized practitioner, Malesela Teffo has been struck from the roll of advocates by the Gauteng Excessive Court docket in Pretoria.
  • Teffo will not have the ability to observe legislation following the order which the Authorized Apply Council had sought. 
  • The courtroom discovered he lacked a way of accountability, honesty, and integrity.

Advocate Malesela Teffo lacks a way of accountability, honesty, integrity and not meets the edge of a match and correct individual.

These had been the findings of the Gauteng Excessive Court docket in Pretoria on Friday, which ordered Teffo to be struck from the roll of advocates attributable to continued misconduct as a authorized practitioner. 

The courtroom, consisting of two judges, had beforehand heard an utility by the Authorized Apply Council (LPC) to have Teffo disbarred following quite a few allegations and complaints of misconduct. 

These included disrespectful and contemptuous behaviour in courtroom, deceptive the courtroom, assault, and the misappropriation of monies from shoppers.

Within the judgment, the courtroom discovered Teffo had taken briefs immediately from shoppers – which is illegal – and had been receiving monies for these briefs from shoppers and not using a constancy fund. 

The misappropriation of funds appeared to have been probably the most vital concern. 

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The courtroom famous a number of complaints by which Teffo was accused of taking briefs, being paid, however not doing the agreed authorized work. 

A few of those that laid complaints famous that up to now they haven’t been paid again, whereas others claimed he threatened them. 

Appearing Choose Thembi Bokako mentioned there have been evident inconsistencies in Teffo’s charges and that he took cash from susceptible and determined shoppers, demanding they pay him upfront, understanding effectively he wouldn’t render the providers anticipated.

She added from the uncontested proof, the courtroom believed the misappropriation of funds was tantamount to theft, which was hid via Teffo’s actions. 

The courtroom additionally discovered he had misled completely different courts on a number of events, together with when he positioned a Labour Court docket case on an unopposed roll to safe a default judgment, understanding full effectively the case was opposed, and he had no transient from the instructing lawyer to proceed engaged on it.

One other occasion of this behaviour was when Teffo misled the Labour Court docket when he handed up a replica of regulation throughout a case which differed from the copy submitted by opposing counsel.

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The courtroom discovered Teffo had handed up the flawed doc.

It additionally discovered he had breached a courtroom order when he entered a police constructing regardless of an interdict stopping him from doing so. 

A courtroom order was obtained after he allegedly threatened and assaulted a feminine police officer due to a labour-related matter. 

The courtroom additionally famous his contemptuous behaviour in courtroom, though this didn’t relate to the Sezno Meyiwa trial, however somewhat different circumstances that had been reported to the LPC. 

Bokako mentioned they might not cope with Teffo’s behaviour as a defence counsel within the Meyiwa trial as a result of the case was ongoing. 

Nonetheless, she did word Teffo had made delinquent assumptions and baseless allegations with no supporting proof supplied. 

The courtroom held an analogous line in reference to his defence of himself within the utility. 

Aside from denying all of the allegations, Teffo supplied no different model or proof to help his innocence. 

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Bokako mentioned his submissions to the courtroom had been unorthodox and offered no proof. 

She additionally rubbished Teffo’s notion that he was not given a chance to answer the allegations and the courtroom and that the LPC ought to examine the complaints towards him. 

As well as, Bokako additionally dismissed his perception the LPC needed to first put him via a disciplinary listening to earlier than instituting courtroom proceedings. 

Probably the most scathing a part of the judgment was the courtroom’s assertion Teffo had no regard for justice. 

The courtroom subsequently disbarred him, ordering him to give up and ship his certificates of enrolment as a authorized practitioner to the courtroom’s registrar.

The courtroom additionally appointed LPC Gauteng director Johan van Staden as a curator to manage and management Teffo’s banking accounts which he used as a authorized practitioner.

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