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    Senzo Meyiwa trial: Defence lawyers want Ten10 Films out of court

    Legal representatives of accused number 1 to 4 in the Senzo Meyiwa trial have raised their concern regarding the attendance of Ten10 Films which produced Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star for Netflix. 

    The Senzo Meyiwa trial resumed at the Pretoria High Court on Monday, 30 May. It was postponed following the dramatic arrest of defence lawyer Advocate Malesela Teffo earlier in May. Court proceedings were also delayed due to arguments between defence lawyer and Ten10 Films representative. 

    DEFENCE LAWYERS WANTS TEN10 FILMS OUT OF COURT PROCEEDINGS 

    Ten10 Flims produced Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star which was released on Netflix earlier this year. 

    The production company was granted permission by the Registrar of the court however Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela said permission was granted because the Registrar was under the impression that Ten10 Films is a media house. 

    Advocate Winks, who represents Ten10 Films, argued that mainstream media are also business ventures. 

    He added that even during the Oscar Pistorius trial mainstream media was present including Carte Blanche which also creates documentaries. 

    “Documentary makers are media houses. My client is not relying on the general permission of other media houses. My client submitted an application to the Registrar and it was approved. 

    “Why is my client being singled out and its Constitutional rights, especially freedom of speech is being limited.” 

    Advocate Winks

    Advocate Teffo who represents four of the accused in the trial said there’s a difference between a media house and a production house. 

    He argued that Ten10 Films is attending the court proceedings not for public interest but for the profit of their company. 

    “Ten Ten Films/Netflix are benefitting from the death of Senzo Meyiwa. They are exposing our witnesses to intimidation. It has never happened in the history of our country that a documentary is filmed even before the court proceedings have started.” 

    Malesela Teffo

    Judge Maumela said he found it worrisome that Advocate Winks said nothing is preventing them from producing another documentary. 

    ALSO READ: Senzo Meyiwa murder trial resumes on Monday

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