Ngcukaitobi jumps ship from EFF, represents Ramaphosa against Mkhwebane

Ngcukaitobi jumps ship from EFF, represents Ramaphosa against Mkhwebane

- Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi has signed on to represent Cyril Ramaphosa

- Ngcukaitobi previously represented the EFF

- The advocate was involved in Ramaphosa's ultimately successful application to for an interdict against the remedial action recommended by the Public Protector

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Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi has switched sides from the Public Protector to Cyril Ramaphosa.

Last week, Ngcukaitobi had represented the EFF as they joined Busisiwe Mkhwebane in her (ultimately unsuccessful) bid to stop Ramaphosa from suspending the remedial action against Pravin Gordhan.

Now, Ngcukaitobi was back in court on Monday, this time on behalf of the president.

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Ngcukaitobi was representing Ramaphosa in his application to suspend the remedial action stemming from the Public Protector's report which found that he had knowingly misled Parliament about donations made to his CR17 election campaign, has gathered. 

Ramaphosa's application was successful and the president obtained an interdict against the implementation of the remedial action, according to The Citizen.

The Sunday Times has reported that Ngcukaitobi, as well as advocate Wim Trengrove, were briefed over the weekend to represent the president in the matter.

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The remedial action recommended against Ramaphosa included orders that he should disclose all of his campaign funders to Parliament. However, this will now be put on halt pending a review of the report. 

However, a recent report had already leaked some of the alleged donors, which are said to include Nicky Oppenheimer, Maria Ramos and Wits vice-chancellor Adam Habib, among others.

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