The puzzling ones
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.