Super advocate and dad to rising star: 5 intriguing facts about Dali Mpofu

Super advocate and dad to rising star: 5 intriguing facts about Dali Mpofu

Dali Mpofu has become one of South Africa's most famous advocates thanks to his high profile court cases, which he almost always wins.

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His position as National Chairperson of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) also puts him firmly in the spotlight.

However, there are a number of intriguing facts about him that are not widely known. brings you five of them.

1. Alleged close relationship with Winnie Mandela

The Eastern Cape-born advocate began working with renowned anti-apartheid activist Winnie Mandela before the 1994 elections.

According to's sources, the two had a close relationship, which the sources speculate could have led to the divorce between former President Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela.

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2. Dad to a rising academic star

Dali is father to 29-year-old Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, whose mom is anti-racism activist Teresa Oakley-Smith.

Sizwe is a PhD candidate and author of Democracy and Delusion: 10 Myths in South African Politics. He is a frequent analyst at debates on current affairs and is known for his sharp criticism of the ANC.

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3. Former SABC boss

Dali was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of SABC in 2005 and held the prestigious position for four years.

During his tenure, allegations of financial mismanagement, silencing of his critics, and political interference surfaced, according to

The advocate reached a R14m settlement with SABC upon his departure in 2009.

4. He saved Gareth Cliff's job

In 2016, M-Net dismissed Gareth Cliff Idols SA judge from the show after his Twitter comments on the Penny Sparrow racism saga.

Many people were outraged by his suggestion that Penny was simply exercising her right to free speech by calling black people "monkeys."

Gareth roped in Dali to argue his case against the dismissal. As expected, Dali won and Gareth stayed on for another season of the show.

5. He chaired a disciplinary hearing against Atul Gupta

The Guptas sparked massive controversy after landing a private jet at the Waterkloof Airforce Base.

Just before leaving the ANC, Dali was tasked with chairing a disciplinary hearing against Atul Gupta for bringing the party into disrepute.

However, he admitted that legally, there was little basis for charging Atul, who was a card-holding member of ANC.

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