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Vol 49 No 16

Published 1st August 2008

South Africa

The judges, lawyers and ministers

KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Vuka Tshabalala studied at the Universities of Fort Hare and Natal. He lost many pro-African National Congress President Jacob Zuma friends by choosing retired Judge Hillary Squires to preside over the 2005 trial that led to the conviction of Zuma's financial advisor, Schabir Shaik. In 2006, it was revealed that Tokyo Sexwale, the black economic empowerment tycoon sometimes talked of as a future president, gave Tshabalala 6.9 million rand (US$940,000) in shares as part of a reward for 'black high-achievers'; critics call it an attempt to buy the presidency. Asked by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to return the shares, Tshabalala did so.

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