Jub Jub’s lawyer in line to become a judge

2011-10-15 16:56

Top lawyer Ike Motloung is among the 10 candidates to be interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for five vacancies at the North Gauteng High Court and South Gauteng High Court.

Motloung is currently representing murder accused musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye at the Protea Magistrates Court in Soweto.

Asked this week why he was still representing the singer after media reports that he had quit the defence due to non-payment, he said he could not comment due to the impending interviews.

An attorney since 1991, Motloung has also been an acting judge in the South Gauteng High Court.

Germiston-based Motloung has been renovating his offices east of Johannesburg but will move back next week, according to a highly placed legal source.

However, if appointed to the bench by his former client, President Jacob Zuma, Motloung will be forced to leave his law firm. He was a member of Zuma’s legal team during his tribulations with the law.

The JSC interviews end on Wednesday. In total, 12 vacancies will be filled nationwide.

His other high-profile client is suspended police crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli, who faces charges of murder, defeating the ends of justice and fraud in two separate trials.

Other cases he has handled include representing then Gauteng housing MEC Dan Mofokeng in 1996 after an AK47 rifle was found in his home. Mofokeng was acquitted.

Motloung has also represented Jub Jub’s controversial mother, Jacqui Maarohanye, and former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana star Benedict Vilakazi.

Asked why he took on the Jub Jub case, he said: “When we fought for our liberation – we also fought for a constitution that guarantees innocence until it is proven otherwise. When someone is arrested there is a legal process that needs to be followed and even this case is no exception.”

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