- The Economic Freedom Fighters have come under fire for defending Tembeka Ngcukaitobi in a controversial matter in Namibia
- The senior advocate is defending former ministers embroiled in scandal
- Julius Malema has been told to mind his own business after defending the move
The Economic Freedom Fighters are certainly no strangers to criticism but this time South Africa's Namibian neighbours are up in arms.
Lawyer Tembeka Ngukaitobi is currently representing former Namibian ministers in a controversial case and Julius Malema stepped in.
The EFF leader had condemned Namibians for interfering in the case, taking to social media to comment:
“If Namibia wants to be taken seriously it should stop the interference with lawyers through fake news and harassment. Tembeka Ngukaitobi should do his work in Namibia without fear or favour."
The Citizen reports that Ngcukaitobi is currently representing ex-minister Bernhard Esau and his co-accused as they attempt to have their warrants of arrest declared illegal.
The ex-fisheries minister was arrested and appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along with Ricardo Gustavo, ex-minister Sakeus Shanghala and former Investec Asset Management Namibia managing director James Hatuikulipi, Tamson Hatuikulipi and Pius Mwatelulo last year.
The accused appeared before the court in connection to the state-owned National Fishing Corporation of Namibia's scandal.
Briefly.co.za gathers that reports indicated a foreign fishing company had secured quotas in Namibia through bribing key players.
Esau had reportedly ignored policies when picking out individuals to lead the board of the state-owned entity, which illegally gave out fishing quotas.
The accused are currently in custody and face charges of corruption, money laundering and fraud.
But Namibians have told the Red Beret leader to keep out of its business, with one citizen commenting:
“If you follow the Fishrot case you would not support that Lawyer. Over 700 fishermen lost their jobs because criminal politicians took fish quotas from local companies and sold them for peanut bribes, and Tembeka is defending them. You stood by the Marikana Mineworkers."
In other news, Malema caused quite a stir after a warrant of arrest was issued against him for failing to attend a court hearing over charges of discharging a firearm in public.
The National Prosecuting Authority was prompted to explain the warrant was served as part of standard court procedure and nothing untoward had transpired.
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