Julius Malema, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader has criticised the Jacob Zuma Foundation’s decision to name Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi in its latest statement.
Recall that the foundation released a statement on Friday supporting former president Jacob Zuma’s decision to walk out of of the Zondo Commission without chairperson Raymond Zondo’s permission, claiming Zuma was facing criminal proceedings plotted by Zondo, assisted by Ngcukaitobi.
The Foundation further questioned the presence of Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi in Zondo’s chambers on Thursday.
The statement reads “We are also gravely concerned at the reports that when Zuma’s legal team went to see the chairperson in chambers, they found the chairperson with Ngcukaitobi SC, whose role in the chairperson’s chambers was not explained. It is disturbing that the chairperson allowed such irregularities to occur in this matter”.
“We call on all supporters of Zuma as he faces criminal proceedings being plotted by the evidence leaders and the chairperson irregularly assisted by Ngcukaitobi SC, who also represents other parties appearing before the same commission.”
Malema said “Citing advocates/lawyers in a matter which involves their client is both irresponsible and exposes advocates to unnecessary danger. The JZ Foundation and the people who write their statements – should know better”.
The National Association of Democratic Lawyers has also defended Ngcukaitobi and Advocate Paul Pretorius SC, following the foundation’s statement.
It said “Apart from being devoid of fact and logic, these attacks are also unfortunate. We trust that the foundation will in due course reflect on this and issue proper retractions and apologies”.
Zuma left the commission without Zondo’s permission after his application for the chairperson to recuse himself was dismissed.
The former president said the two were friends, claims denied by Zondo.
Zuma’s lawyer, Advocate Muzi Sikhakane SC, told Zondo that he would be biased against his client. Sikhakhane threatened to escalate their complaints to the Judicial Service Commission after the application was dismissed on Thursday.