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South Africa’s new Deputy Public Protector Adv Nompilo Kholeka Gcaleka

Advocate Nompilo Kholeka Gcaleka was appointed the Deputy Public Protector of South Africa for seven years from 1 February 2020.

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By Tanya Dube

Advocate Nompilo Kholeka Gcaleka was appointed the Deputy Public Protector of South Africa for seven years from 1 February 2020.  SA’s President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed the advocate in terms of Section 2 A (1) of the Public Protector Act. She replaced Advocate Kevin Malunga.

Adv Gcaleka graduated with an LLB degree in 2003 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is currently studying towards a Master’s degree in Commercial Law with the University of Johannesburg.

Adv Gcaleka was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2006. Adv Gcaleka was legal advisor to former Minister Malusi Gigaba. That past role led the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) parties to raise objections over her appointment.

However, the National Assembly finally approved the nomination and appointment with 203 to 103 votes.

Gcaleka was chosen from a list that included SARS senior legal manager, Moshoeshoe Toba, Adv Shadrack Nkuna, Adv Noxolo Mbangeni from the Public Service Commission; Adv Lwasi Phumelela Kubukeli and Adv Puleng Matshelo.

She is a former national chairperson of the Society of State Advocates of South Africa and a member of the Black Lawyers Association.

Speaking to staff in Pretoria, Adv. Kholeka Gcaleka said: “The value I will add is that of ensuring that we execute the mandate of the Public Protector to realise the needs and aspirations of the people of South Africa.”

Trivial: Adv. Kholeka Gcaleka speaks six languages, namely , Afrikaans, English, Sotho, Tswana, Xhosa and Zulu.

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Doreen Majala: The Kenyan lawyer and education supporter with a big heart

Besides her philanthropy and legal work, Doreen is an established speaker and moderator with knowledge in current affairs, politics and business.

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By AfricaLegalNews

Doreen Majala found the Doreen Majala Foundation in 2015 as a personal initiative (still is). She is a Kenyan lawyer with a big heart for children and education. The foundation came up as an idea to fill in loopholes in the country’s education sector.

The founder shared her story with AfricaLegalNews.

“I took the initiative to visit over 20 schools across the country to get the feel of the learning conditions. Truly, it was devastating to see the dire need, especially in lack of stationery materials,” says Doreen.

The foundation engages in Motivational and Career talks hosted by the founder and also through volunteers who come on board to inspire the students during our charity visits.

The foundation partners and collaborates with interested parties who share similar goals.

“We have worked with the Miss University Kenya Organization, Tabitha’s Daughters, Ficha Uchi Campaign, Fresh Cuts Foundation, Kenya Girl Guide Association, among others,” she says.

The aim of the foundation aims at creating equal learning opportunities for every child through education by reaching out to underprivileged schools to supply basic needs for effective learning.

Among the schools and homes, the foundation has worked with is Dagoretti Mixed Secondary School (Kawangware), Kawangware Ecumenical Development Services (KEDS) an informal school in Kongo Village, Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Riara University, Gatina Primary School in Kawangware, St. Mary Home in Langata, Ukunda Children’s Home in Kwale, Nyumbani Children’s Home (Dagoretti), Pumwani Child Survival Education Centre among others.

Doreen studied for her Bachelor of Laws at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi. In 2015 she joined the Kenya School of Law. She is an advocate pending Admission

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Kantor & Immerman Legal Practitioners Founder Harry Kantor Dies

During Harry Kantor’s career, he handled many transactional and litigation matters involving the representation of Zimbabwe’s freedom fighters and political detainees. Among those he represented were Dr Fay Chung, the Late Morris Nyagumbo and Dr Nathan Shamuyarira.

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Harry Meyer Kantor, who passed away on Saturday the 18th January 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Law Society of Zimbabwe announced the death of the senior legal practitioner in a statement released on Tuesday.

Kantor was born on 24 December 1934 in Cape Town South Africa. He acquired his law degree at the University of Cape Town in the 1950s but moved to the then Rhodesia because of his opposition to the Apartheid policy. After initially practising with Greenblatt and Shandling, he and the late Mervyn Immerman subsequently founded Kantor & Immerman Legal Practitioners.

He practised law for 56 years with the firm or its predecessors. Kantor was also admitted to practice in South Africa, Lesotho and Victoria State in Australia. During his career, he handled many transactional and litigation matters involving the representation of Zimbabwe’s freedom fighters and political detainees. Among those he represented were Dr Fay Chung, the Late Morris Nyagumbo and Dr Nathan Shamuyarira.

Kantor was also an external examiner for the Property Conveyancing and Notarial Practice course at the University of Zimbabwe, a member of the Law Development Commission, Honorary Lawyer for the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and of the two Hebrew Congregations in Harare. He was the former Chairman of TN Bank (now Steward Bank) and Chairman of Gallery Delta and the Honde Valley Hydro-Electric Power Trust.

In 2015, Harry retired from Kantor & Immerman and joined his colleague, Louis Bennett, at Wilmot & Bennett Legal Practitioners.

Beyond law, Kantor was a religious man, committed to Judaism and was on the Board of Sharon School. He was also a marriage officer, performing many marriages. Kantor passionately loved both music and art. Lina, his wife, was a concert pianist and the couple attended many classical concerts performed locally.

He was also a member of the Friends of the Gallery, which supported and raised funds for the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe of which he was a Board Member. Kantor was also a keen sportsman, playing tennis, squash and cricket. He loved cycling and participated in long-distance cycles around Harare. He loved to golf and was a key member of Wingate Golf Club where he handled many matters, pro bono for the Club, and played at every opportunity.

Kantor is survived by his wife Lina, children Gary, Michael and Linda and grandchildren Miranda and Tamsin. Kantor was laid to rest at the Pines Cemetery in Cape Town on Monday 21 January 2020.

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