Every citizen in South Africa is under the law, including every one that runs government offices. As such, there is a code of conduct to be adhered to by government officials. Find out how the power rested upon Kholeka Gcaleka ensures that justice prevails in government offices.
Kholeka Gcaleka is not a new name in South Africa’s legal matters. As an advocate of the high court of South Africa, she has appeared in a couple of high-profile cases. Just recently, she was appointed the new deputy public protector. Kholeka Gcaleka biography gives more insight into the advocate’s life.
Kholeka Gcaleka profile summary
- Birth name: Nompilo Kholeka Gcaleka
- Birthplace: KwaZulu-Natal
- Date of birth: 1982
- Age: 38 years old
- Nationality: South African
- Ethnicity: black
- Languages: English, isiZulu, Setswana, Sesotho, Afrikaans and Setswana
- Occupation: Advocate
Kholeka Gcaleka bio
The highly qualified advocate was born in 1982 in KwaZulu-Natal. Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka age is 38 years.
Family and early life
There is no information on the advocate's biological family. However, she has, on numerous occasions, acknowledged that she was raised in KwaZulu-Natal by a white family.
Power quotes her exact words as:
“I was raised in a white family where my mother was a domestic worker. Therefore, for me, my identity is of pivotal importance. Each time I went home with my parents, I always had a problem of not being able to speak my own language.”
Kholeka Gcaleka education
Adv Kholeka Gcaleka attended Ixopo's Little Flower High School. After her high school education, she joined KwaZulu-Natal University to pursue a Bachelor's degree in law. In 2003, she earned her LLB degree. The advocate is currently an ongoing Master's degree student at the University of Johannesburg and is studying commercial law.
Kholeka Gcaleka career
Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka was officially admitted as an advocate of the high court in 2006. Since then, she has been practising law. Currently, the advocate is highly experienced in legal matters with eight years of experience in senior positions.
Kholeka Gcaleka interview
Before the appointment of Kholeka as the deputy public prosecutor, she received a nomination for the seat by advocate Adele Barnard.
As a requirement, she attended an interview alongside seven other candidates. The meeting was conducted in the presence of the National Assembly's portfolio committee on justice.
After the interview, some members of the committee expressed their contentment with Kholeka, while others expressed their dissatisfaction. Among those who perceived her as the right candidate was ANC MP Hishaam Mohamed. His main point of argument was that unlike other candidates, Nompilo was the only candidate who could answer most of the questions.
Kholeka Gcaleka deputy public protector appointment
On 24th January 2020, President Ramaphosa confirmed the appointment of Advocate Nompilo Kholeka Gcaleka as South Africa's new Deputy Public Prosecutor. This appointment was made under Section 2 A (1) of the Public Protector Act 23 of 1994. Moreover, the selection was a recommendation by the National Assembly.
The advocate, who replaced Advocate Kevin Malunga, took her office from 1st February 2020. She is supposed to run the office of the deputy public prosecutor for seven years.
Nompilo's appointment as the deputy public protector was met with some political opposition. Her opposition made several claims which suggested that she was unethically fit for the position.
Kholeka Gcaleka qualifications
According to Kholeka Gcaleka CV, she has the following qualifications:
- Previous special advisor
- Former senior state advocate
- Admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa
- Former chairperson of the Society of State Advocates of South Africa
- A member of the Black Lawyers Association
- Former senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)
- Director at Khon consulting
- Former advisor at National Treasury
- Former advisor at the Ministry of Home Affairs
Duties of a Deputy Public Protector
The office of the public protector in South Africa is a body that was formed under the Constitution to support and strengthen the democracy of South Africa.
The role of the entity is to investigate and report any misconduct within the government. In case there is any misconduct within the government officials, it is upon the office of the public protector to find solutions for the misconduct, including issues such as corruption and maladministration. Consequently, the office of the public protector is accessible to anyone to make any complaints.
The role of Kholeka Gcaleka, as a public protector, is established by the public protector. In most cases, the deputy also steps into the shoes of the Public protector should the public protector be unable to perform their functions.
Kholeka Gcaleka contacts
The deputy public protector can be contacted through her Kholeka Gcaleka LinkedIn profile. Most netizens are always searching for Kholeka Gcaleka pictures on search engines. It is always disappointing to find no Kholeka Gcaleka Instagram so far.
Kholeka Gcaleka commitment to South Africa’s legal matters has made her rise to the position of the deputy public protector. She portrays the traits of a strong woman and is a role model to several young girls in South Africa.