By Tanya Dube

Advocate Nompilo Kholeka
Gcaleka was appointed the Deputy Public Protector of South Africa for seven
years from 1 February 2020.  SA’s President
Cyril Ramaphosa appointed the advocate in terms of Section 2 A (1) of the
Public Protector Act. She replaced Advocate Kevin Malunga.

Adv Gcaleka graduated with an
LLB degree in 2003 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is currently studying
towards a Master’s degree in Commercial Law with the University of
Johannesburg.

Adv Gcaleka was admitted as an
advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2006. Adv Gcaleka was legal
advisor to former Minister Malusi Gigaba. That past role led the opposition
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) parties to raise
objections over her appointment.

However, the
National Assembly finally approved
the nomination and appointment with 203
to 103 votes.

Gcaleka was chosen from a list
that included SARS senior legal manager, Moshoeshoe Toba, Adv Shadrack Nkuna, Adv
Noxolo Mbangeni from the Public Service Commission; Adv Lwasi Phumelela Kubukeli
and Adv Puleng Matshelo.

She is a former national
chairperson of the Society of State Advocates of South Africa and a member of
the Black Lawyers Association.

Speaking to staff in Pretoria,
Adv. Kholeka Gcaleka said: “The value I will add is
that of ensuring that we execute the mandate of the Public Protector to realise
the needs and aspirations of the people of South Africa.”

Trivial: Adv. Kholeka Gcaleka speaks six languages, namely , Afrikaans, English, Sotho, Tswana, Xhosa and Zulu.

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