Why did they arrest the defence lawyer like that?

Everson Luhanga

The much-watched case of the slain Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa took a dramatic turn on Thursday.

In full view of the court and with television cameras rolling, Advocate Teffo Maselela, representing four of the five defendants, was arrested inside the court.

His arrest raised many questions. Some suggested that someone wants to silence the advocate to prevent him uncovering the truth about who killed the soccer star.

Advocate Maselela carries the hopes of many South Africans who want to know who actually killed Senzo on that fateful night in 2014.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele confirmed on Thursday night that he had requested a full report from the national commissioner on Maselela’s arrest, including the manner in which the arrest was carried out by the South African Police Service.

Police officers fully dressed in their uniforms and bulletproof vests entered the court.

However it was another man, smartly dressed in civilian clothes, who produced what he called a court warrant of arrest that he presented to the advocate.

The officer handcuffed Maselela and dragged him away.

While he was being handcuffed, journalists who were covering the trial kept on asking the arresting officers what the charges were and if the officers had read him his rights before his arrest.

Maselela told the reporters that he didn’t know what the charges were.

Senzo Meyiwa was murdered in 2014 at the house of his singer girlfriend Kelly Khumalo.

Since his death, there have been promises from different police ministers to bring the killers to justice.