The puz­zling ones

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

RIAZ SALOJEE Best known as the axed chief ex­ec­u­tive of state-owned arms dealer Denel, he was ac­cused but not found guilty of mis­con­duct. Then there was the un­for­tu­nate part­ner­ship Denel struck with the Gupta-linked arms com­pany VR Laser Asia, which ef­fec­tively hap­pened on his watch. This might be enough said. PHILLIP DEX­TER First he was with the ANC, then he left when Cope split from the rul­ing party, then he fell out with Cope and re­joined the ANC. All a lit­tle too much. MOJANKUNYANE GUMBI Un­doubt­edly a for­mer hu­man rights ad­vo­cate of con­sid­er­able prowess, Gumbi, once an Azapo pro­po­nent, will al­ways be re­mem­bered for her con­tro­ver­sial close­ness to for­mer pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki, as she acted as his le­gal ad­viser for years, of­ten to a dis­tinct lack of ac­claim. ASHOOK KIRPAL He was the act­ing head of the Denel foren­sic man­age­ment unit un­til his sus­pen­sion on al­leged sex­ual ha­rass­ment charges while the arms deal fall­out played out, and Kirpal seemed to be the vic­tim of an un­for­tu­nate po­lit­i­cal plot. Not enough meat on his le­gal bones. SOPHY NOKO Two years ago, there was dis­com­fort when she was made KZN DPP amid al­le­ga­tions that her ap­point­ment was po­lit­i­cal. At the same time, it was re­ported that mem­bers of her staff weren’t happy within her ad­min­is­tra­tion and there was con­cern ex­pressed about her pros­e­cu­to­rial style. These are wor­ry­ing as­pects to her bi­og­ra­phy.

Riaz Saloo­jee

Phillip Dex­ter

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