When dress sense takes cen­tre-stage

At­tire that gripped at­ten­tion in court

Sunday World - - Sunday Report -

There are many times when the dress sense of the ac­cused can also take cen­tre-stage as much as what they are be­ing ac­cused of is of in­ter­est. Here are some per­son­al­i­ties whose fash­ion sense got tongues wag­ging in court:

Thandi Maqubela (pic­tured), ac­cused of the mur­der of her hus­band, judge Patrick

Maqubela, was al­ways on point dur­ing her court ap­pear­ances – with bright head wraps and shades. She wore two-piece suits or Xhosa at­tire in court, one would swear she was the at­tor­ney and not the ac­cused.

She has since been re­leased on pa­role af­ter the Supreme Court of Ap­peal over­turned the mur­der con­vic­tion, say­ing her hus­band could have died of nat­u­ral causes.

Sh­eryl Cwele, the for­mer wife of for­mer state se­cu­rity min­is­ter Siyabonga Cwele, was con­victed of drug deal­ing.

Her drug mule, Tessa Beetge, was sen­tenced to eight years in pri­son in Brazil, where she was found in pos­ses­sion of co­caine in 2008. In court Cwele rocked up in match­ing two-piece out­fits, with chunky neck­pieces and var­i­ous colour­ful weaves. Cwele is do­ing 12 years in jail af­ter her sen­tence was re­duced from 20 years on ap­peal.

● In con­trast, Os­car Pis­to­rius was vis­i­bly sub­dued in his sharp black suits when he ap­peared in court for the 2013 mur­der of his girl­friend Reeva Steenkamp. He pro­jected a more hum­ble and sober im­age in court.

Ac­cord­ing to Minick Law, April 26 2017, ti­tled Court­room Eti­quette, it is said that “bold and beau­ti­ful colours are fun but be­ing in front of a judge is not about fun, it’s about jus­tice, and jus­tice is a very se­ri­ous busi­ness. A hear­ing is not the time to bust out the lat­est avant-garde styles or your best Hawaa­ian shirt”.

■ Source: www.minick­law.com

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