- Advocate Kemp J Kemp, SC, died during the course of Tuesday night.
- Kemp was well known for successfully defending former president Jacob Zuma during his rape trial in 2006.
- Kemp died of Covid-19 complications after being discharged from hospital.
Advocate Kemp J Kemp, SC, a well-known lawyer, died during the course of Tuesday night.
Kemp was raised in Kirkwood in the Eastern Cape, before moving to Durban in 1980, according to the South African. He completed an LLB (cum laude) at the University of Port Elizabeth and completed a doctorate in law. He was a member of the Society of Advocates of KwaZulu-Natal.
Barry Skinner, chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Bar, confirmed Kemp's death to News24.
It is understood the advocate had been recovering from Covid-19 at the time of his death. According to Skinner, he had been discharged from hospital and was staying with friends.
Skinner described Kemp as "one of the real characters of the Bar".
"He was brilliant in his field, but he was a very humble person and always open to helping people. He will be hugely missed."
Kemp J Kemp ?? ??. He was probably the nicest Counsel I’ve ever come across. My principal worked on a case with him when I was a CA and he’d even ask for my views on the matter.— Sindi ?? (@sindigates) January 27, 2021
Kemp is arguably best known for successfully defending former president Jacob Zuma during his rape trial in 2006.
Kemp's use of the Stalingrad strategy – wearing down the plaintiff by fighting anything the plaintiff brings before court – is still lauded in legal circles.
At the time, Kemp said: "This is not a battle where you send a champion out and have a little fight and that's it – this is more like we will fight them in every room, in every street, in every house."
The cynical use of the Stalingrad Strategy, knowing he would be paid by a bottomless pit of state funds is amoral. He is responsible for keeping Zuma out of jail for years - allowing the depraved looting to continue.I won't shed a tear for Kemp J Kemp.— Ben Pooler (@benpooler) January 27, 2021
As part of Zuma's legal team, Kemp also had the case against Zuma and arms company Thint struck from the roll when the prosecution was not ready to proceed.
Kemp pulled out of Zuma's legal team in 2018 after the former president reportedly ran out of money to pay his legal team, according to EWN.