From people's advocate to people's protector hopeful - Advocate Dali Mpofu

2016-07-08 09:27
Dali Mpofu (File: City Press)

Dali Mpofu (File: City Press)

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Johannesburg - The selection process for the position of Public Protector is down to 59 people who will be vying to fill Thuli Madonsela's position as her seven-year term ends in October.

Among those nominated for the position is Advocate Dali Mpofu, a former ANC stalwart, who left the ruling party for the newly formed Economic Freedom Fighters in 2013.

Mpofu is widely known for his close relationship with the late President Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela - a relationship that raised eyebrows, and was strongly rumoured to have played a part in the Mandelas' much publicised divorce.

In other circles, Mpofu is regarded as the advocate for the people. He represented the families and victims of the Marikana massacre, in which strikes at Lonmin mine resulted in the deaths of 44 people. Of those, 41 were striking mineworkers who were killed by police.

Recently Mpofu came under media spotlight when he represented and won a case against M-Net after popular DJ and celebrity Gareth Cliff was sacked for defending Penny Sparrow's racist social media rants that black people are monkeys.

Fraud charges

Among Mpofu's many controversial career blunders: In 2009 he was fired as then SABC Group CEO for non-participation.

"The SABC board at the time, never apolitical, was one of the most politically loaded in South Africa's post-1994 history and the organisation was routinely dragged over the coals for perceived bias and 'ANC-friendly' propaganda," Business Day reported.

In 1992 while serving at the ANC's deputy social welfare department alongside his rumoured lover Madikizela-Mandela, he was fired when the party instituted fraud charges against them, Business Day reported.

According to Who's Who South Africa, Mpofu holds a law degree from the University of the Witwatersrand where he became president of the Wits Black Students Society in 1985.

He has held a chair in several boards including Proudly South Africa, and Boxing SA. He was a chair of National Anti-Corruption Task Team,  ICT BEE Charter Working Group, and president of the SABC, and is currently the national chairperson of the EFF.

Mpofu was given an opportunity to respond, but refused to comment.

- If you would like to comment or object to any names on the list, send your comments or objections to: vramaano@parliament.gov.za‚ for the attention of Mr Vhonani Ramaano by Friday, July 8.

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