Well, who saw this coming? Controversial lawyer Dali Mpofu has brought his firebrand style of advocacy to the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday – as he turned up in the dock to DEFEND Jacob Zuma.
Dali Mpofu in court for Zuma trial
The session on Wednesday will likely hear a plea of ‘not guilty’ from Zuma, but also, there is the small matter of a recusal hearing to attend to. The legal team cobbled together by uBaba wants state prosecutor Billy Downer thrown off the case, and it now looks like Msholozi has decided to bring in the big guns.
Dali Mpofu, an EFF-representing man of the law, has clashed with some of Jacob Zuma’s fiercest rivals in the past. Earlier this year, he told Pravin Gordhan to ‘shut up’ at the State Capture Inquiry – and more fireworks are expected here. The Zuma trial resumes one week after he was last in the dock, and we’re hoping for steady progress today.
When Danie Gerber played centre for the Boks he was known for his ability to take a gap. Dali Mpofu is much the same. If there's a gap, he'll storm through it. https://t.co/V9BC6706mo
— Pieter Du Toit (@PieterDuToit) May 26, 2021
Has it come to this? Msholozi brings out the big guns
The appearance of Dali Mpofu most certainly goes down as a surprise. There was an audible shock in the courtroom when the familiar face appeared in front of the bench, unpacking his belongings and standing with Zuma’s other representatives. Thabani Masuku is also part of the defence team, and he welcomed his new colleague on Wednesday:
— Bernadette Wicks (Wolhuter) (@bern_wicks) May 26, 2021
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