A history of Peter Daubermann’s high profile cases

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The Omotoso trial has encapsulated the nation in what has been a dramatic couple of days at the Port Elizabeth High Court. Advocate Peter Daubermann, however, has come out as one of the most hated lawyers in South Africa right now.

Zondi sympathisers harass Daubermann

Matters concluded at the Port Elizabeth High Court with emotions palpable. Zondi could barely hold it together after she was compelled to relive the night she had finally gathered the strength and money to escape from the clutches of pastor Omotoso.

Daubermann, upon exiting the court, became a victim of the attacks of Zondi’s sympathisers who threw the defence attorney with water and called him “rubbish [for] defending a rapist”.

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This, however, is not the first time we have been exposed to Daubermann’s style of questioning. He is well known in the Eastern Cape for being the attorney to get hold of should you want to get out of trouble.

What do we know about Peter Daubermann?

The man everybody hates right now is not phased with the negative attention he is getting. Frankly, having served South Africa’s justice system for years, he is very much used to this kind of heat.

Responding to questions put forward by the African News Agency (ANA), he stated that:

“It’s very unfortunate, unnecessary and uncalled for. Other than that, I don’t really want to comment”.

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For a person who is known for not saying much outside of court, that was a mouthful. Most would argue that his response was cold and arrogant. But, that is just who Daubermann is, a quiet, highly intelligent man who does his job and disappears from the sight of the public until he is called on to represent someone else in hot waters.

The Herald Live described Daubermann as ‘tech savvy’. This is in reference to the lengths the attorney goes to establishing reasonable doubt in trials.

Daubermann’s career was birthed in the Eastern Cape. In 1976, he served as the administrative assistant at the Department of Justice. By 1985, he had worked his way up and became a state prosecutor in Grahamstown.

At some point in his career, precisely between 1988 and 1989, he stood in as a magistrate. Soon afterwards, he became a prosecutor in the high court.

It was only in 2012 that Daubermann swung for the other side of the courtroom. This was when he opened up his private practice in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, servicing all of those who needed representation against the state.

These are his most recent high-profile cases.

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The Panayiotou trial

Christopher Panayiotou was, earlier this year, convicted for orchestrating the murder of his wife, Jayde Panayiotou. It was revealed that Panayiotou had hired the services of hitmen Sinethemba Nemembe and Zolani Sibeko to commit the murder.

Daubermann was a central figure in the trial as the legal representative of Nemembe and Sibeko. The one thing that connected the two men to the murder of Jayde was cell phone evidence that placed them at the scene of the crime.

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The evidence also revealed that Nemembe and Sibeko were in constant communication with the alleged triggerman, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke.

Daubermann’s argument was that the evidence was too weak to garner a conviction and he tried to push for an acquittal, based on Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act.

This application was denied and Nemembe was convicted of kidnapping and murdering Jayde, while Sibeko received his piece for being a co-conspirator.

The Omotoso trial

Currently, Daubermann is representing the televangelist, Omotoso. The pastor has been charged with rape and the human trafficking of more than 30 girls.

The trial will continue soon and will likely see more witnesses take the stand to detail their horrors to the court.

When will the Omotoso trial resume?

Judge Mandela Makaula was compelled to postpone the trial until Monday, 22 October, to allow Daubermann enough time to receive the rest of the evidence that he needs from the state prosecutor, Nceba Ntelwa.

The girl South Africa has fallen in love with, Cheryl Zondi, will not feature in next week’s proceedings as she is due to write her examinations.




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