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By Sapa | Nov 08, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 9 ]

Nathi Mthethwa has appointed his own lawyer to represent him at the Farlam commission of inquiry

“There are issues that have arisen during the course of the commission that have oversight and policy implications,” Zweli Mnisi said.

As a result, Mthethwa had found it necessary to appoint advocate Lindi Nkosi-Thomas, SC.

“The minister, as the executive authority of the [SA Police Service] has a legal obligation both from a legislative and oversight framework. That is why he needs to get ongoing updates.” 

The commission, chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam, has been tasked with investigating a shooting in Marikana, North West, that left 34 miners dead during a confrontation with police.

Mnisi said the new legal team would not participate in arguments at the commission, but only act as observers.

“Ideally the minister should be at the commission on a daily basis, but due to other pressing engagements in his portfolio he is unable to do so.” 

This approach would allow Mthethwa to have first-hand information, rather than relying on outside sources.

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Do the ministers no longer have legal teams in their departments?

Nov 08, 2012 3:50 | 0 replies

Who pays the legal bill for him?

Nov 08, 2012 3:59 | 0 replies

LeparaThePresident

Us, as usual, the tax piggybank

Nov 08, 2012 4:0 | 0 replies
Nov 08, 2012 4:12 | 0 replies

This is a joke really, i think these guys are getting kick backs from these lawyers by appointing them n charging them an Arm or let me rather say by charging them an Arms deal n a leg. We are being ripped off in day light.

Nov 08, 2012 4:25 | 0 replies

This guy has been corrupted by power to unimaginable levels. The Nkandla King has a trusted General in him - if you know the birds of the same feather. It's disgusting for a young politician to be so obssessed with stupid politics of the "Machine Gunman".

Nov 08, 2012 5:47 | 0 replies

Zuma's crowd, they are all the same in crooking poor people

Nov 09, 2012 6:42 | 0 replies

Nothing shocks me anymore

Nov 09, 2012 9:22 | 0 replies

Ja neh, Mzantsi for sure!

Nov 09, 2012 12:1 | 0 replies