SATURDAY PROFILE | New AU court judge Dumisa Ntsebeza: 'Zuma's lawyer already asked me about the court'

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Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza in his office in Sandton, Johannesburg.
Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza in his office in Sandton, Johannesburg.
PHOTO: James de Villiers, News24

The advocate, who represented 36 families of killed miners at the Marikana Commission, and served as a commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Dumisa Ntsebeza, says days after he was elected as a judge for the African Union Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, he was contacted by a lawyer of former president Jacob Zuma. He speaks to News24 about why he joined the court, despite concerns over the extent of its power, his completed investigation into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, and why he believes borders will be up for discussion at the AU Court.  

Just days after renowned South African advocate, Dumisa Ntsebeza SC, was elected as judge of the African Union (AU) Court on Human and Peoples' Rights at the beginning of February, Ntsebeza says a lawyer of former president Jacob Zuma came knocking on his door. 

However, Ntsebeza - who represented the families of striking mineworkers killed at Marikana, and was a commissioner at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in the 1990s - says he offered the lawyer little help.  

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