Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela has ruled that Netflix production company Ten10 Films can continue to be part of court proceedings in the Senzo Meyiwa trial, however, defence lawyer Advocate Malesela Teffo says they will be challenging the ruling.
The court proceedings were adjourned earlier on Monday after Judge Tshifhiwa heard arguments from both the Ten10 Films legal representative and defence lawyers.
RULING ON NETFLIX PRESENCE IN COURT
In his ruling, the Presiding Officer, Judge Maumela said there is no tangible evidence except for what was raised by Advocate Teffo Malesela that Ten10 Films is not a media house.
“We are running an open trial in a democratic society where the implements that satisfy the desires of public interest come generally recognised and one of those implements which is most important is the media who are at liberty to even do more,” Maumela said.
In his ruling, Tshifhiwa added that flighting a documentary before the trial began is not necessarily part of the main reason behind the trial.
“I cannot order Ten10 Films to vacate the courtroom. The court is not ordering anyone out who applied to be part of the court proceedings. Whoever has an issue with can take it up with the correct authorities so it can receive proper attention.”Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela
ADVOCATE MALESELA TEFFO TO CHALLENGE COURT RULING
Teffo said they will be challenging Judge Maumela’s ruling.
“We will have to take the issue up with another court where we will make an application and they will have to oppose. That is where we will give all the reasons as to why Netflix should not form part of the court proceedings,” Teffo said.
He added that they are not satisfied with the ruling because Netflix production company, Ten10 Films was not honest with the court when they made their application.
“There is a huge difference between a film production house and a media house. Film production companies are pro profit and nothing else. They are supposed to buy their material from the likes of SABC, eNCA and others. We are of the view that these people want to make money at the expense of these proceedings. They are not going to stop.”Malesela Teffo