Kemp: Zuma's Rape Trial Attorney Passes Away After Contracting Covid19

Kemp: Zuma's Rape Trial Attorney Passes Away After Contracting Covid19

- Well known lawyer Kemp J Kemp has passed away from complications linked to Covid-19

- The advocate had been released from hospital but passed away shortly thereafter

- Kemp is well known for serving as ex-president Jacob Zuma's lawyer

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Well known advocate Kemp J Kemp has passed away after contracting Covid-19 according to recent reports.

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Kemp passed away after his ordeal with Covid-19. Image: MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP, KIM LUDBROOK / POOL / AFP
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Kemp is somewhat famous for his defence of ex-president Jacob Zuma during his 2006 rape trial.

The attorney's death on Tuesday night was confirmed by the chairman of the society of advocates in KwaZulu-Natal, Barry Skinner.

SowetanLIVE reports that a close friend, who had not wanted to be named, commented that Kemp had been admitted to hospital after struggling with Covid-19 symptoms.

He had later been discharged and had been taking residence with a friend. However, Kemp had moved back to his Ballito apartment shortly before his death.

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Friends had become concerned when Kemp didn't answer his phone and he was discovered dead in bed shortly after.

The legal fraternity is mourning the loss with Kemp described as an 'eccentric' man with a brilliant legal mind.

In a post to social media lamenting Kemp's passing, one individual had commented:

“He was a legal legend who would come to chambers at 3am in his pyjamas."

In another post, Kemp was dubbed a 'true renaissance man, brilliant mind, sportsman of note, genuinely humble, kind and he knew how to have fun'. Kemp leaves behind two adult children.

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that former president Jacob Zuma's wife MaNtuli was taken into custody against her will by the State Security Agency.

This is according to Acting Director-General Loyiso Jafta who had been testifying at the State Capture Commission on Tuesday.

The SSA had launched an investigation into allegations that MaNtuli was behind a plot to poison her husband which saw her taken into custody in 2015.

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However, Jafta says that there is no evidence that Zuma had given the instruction to carry out what was named 'Project Tinroof'':

“It does happen and it must have happened that functionaries at various levels would anticipate what would be agreeable to the person of the President, what would please the President and take such initiatives regardless of what the law says."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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