The man who took on Zuma

By Drum Digital
15 April 2016

Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi quietly took on the biggest scandal in SA politics right now: Nkandla. We chat to the man who brought the EFF’s application to the Constitutional Court

By Kaizer Ngwenya

He was as taken aback when EFF leader Julius Malema publically praised him. This unexpected tribute came because he was the man who filed papers for the EFF in the Constitutional Court, to force

President Jacob Zuma to implement the Public Protector’s recommendation on Nkandla. Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi

did what many other advocates were reluctant to do.

“To be honest, I was surprised,” he 38-year-old legal eagle says. “I was not expecting Malema to sing my praises. Obviously, I take pride in the Constitutional Court ruling and the role I played as an advocate, but it is not something I want to be known for. I was not alone. There were other people involved who played important roles in this case.”

Malema revealed that his party’s decision to approach the highest court in the land was influenced by the President’s own argument in the Marikana funding case. At the time, Zuma said decisions from his office could only be challenged in the Constitutional Court.

Read more in the 21 April issue of DRUM.

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