The Judicial Commission of Inquiry has confirmed the withdrawal Durban attorney Zibuse Comfort Ngidi to act as a legal adviser to one of the Zondo Commission’s investigative teams.
Ngidi who is known to be a staunch supporter of former president Jacob Zuma, having led a campaign to undermine the findings of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report into upgrades at Zuma’s Nkandla home.
He is said to have cited time constraints as reason for his withdrawal, saying the Commission was meant to complete its work within six months but now it has said that it needs 24 months and he so would not be available for such a long time.
Reacting to the news on the Karima Brown Show, Executive Secretary at the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac), Lawson Naidoo said the appointment speaks to a lack of coordination and demarcation of responsibilities.
There is an issue there about why appoint a legal expert to the team of investigators when there is a legal team in place?— Lawson Naidoo, Executive Director, Council for the advancement of the constitution
What is also interesting, in the statement that I saw earlier today, made reference to the fact that Mr Ngidi had requested to be part of the commission.— Lawson Naidoo, Executive Director, Council for the advancement of the constitution
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