JOHANNESBURG – Jayde Panayiotou’s alleged killer will need new legal representation after his attorney was struck off the roll.
Sizwezakhe Vumazonke’s lawyer is not allowed to continue practicing as an attorney; however, she can appeal the decision.
Anne Swanepoel was convicted of stealing from a client and his counsel in 2011 and was subsequently sentenced to three years correctional supervision.
The Cape Law Society’s Rampela Mokoena said they have welcomed a decision.
“Obviously we are happy with the outcome of the decision.”
Panayiotou, a Port Elizabeth teacher, was killed earlier this year after she was abducted outside her home.
Her husband and businessman, Christopher, and two others have been charged with her murder.
Mokoena says the process was followed.
“The Law Society has a disciplinary department and the matter was brought to that department for investigation. A committee of council members then considers the matter and makes recommendations to the council; eventually the full council makes the decision on whether this is a matter that requires an application to court or not.”
Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority said earlier this month that it was finalising the investigation into the murder of Port Elizabeth teacher.
Christopher will know next month when the trial into his wife’s kidnapping and killing will start.
He and Vumazonke will be back in the dock on 28 September.
Another suspect turned state witness and will testify against them when the trial starts.
Among the state’s witnesses are Panayiotou’s his mistress Chanel Coutts and former employee Luthando Siyoli.
They are expected to shed more light into the