Majali’s lawyer is also a Coper

2011-01-02 15:40

John Ngcebetsha, the lawyer who represented businessman Sandile Majali and who acted as the Majali family’s spokesperson this week, is also a politician with close ties to the Congress of the People.

Ngcebetsha was elected as the party’s Gauteng chairperson in May last year but recently handed over the position to his deputy so he could focus on his law firm.

He is aligned to Cope leader ­Mbhazima Shilowa.

City Press was told that pictures of former president Thabo Mbeki and of President Jacob Zuma festoon his Johannesburg practice.

He told a Cope gathering in May that some of his comrades had been critical of this, but he had deliberately kept the images of both politicians because he considered them “good leaders”.

The Cope man is also one of the lawyers representing apartheid victims who are suing multinational companies that benefited from their support of the apartheid ­government.

The University of Transkei graduate was a prosecutor in the late 1990s, according to his profile on the internet, and he is now a senior partner at Ngcebetsha Madlanga Attorneys.

There is a spoof Ngcebetsha page on Facebook which mocks him for representing Majali in his fraud case over an alleged attempt to ­hijack Kalahari Resources.

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