Rights group Freedom Under Law (FUL) said advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi were protected by former President Jacob Zuma despite an avalanche of adverse judicial findings made against them.
The organisation made the submission at the Mokgoro Inquiry in Centurion on Thursday.
For more than a month the inquiry has heard evidence related to the advocates’ fitness to hold office.
FUL counsel advocate Max du Plessis said there are adverse findings against Jiba and Mrwebi dating back to 2013.
“The point is, there are a number of judgements that are going back all the way to six years ago where they have become public knowledge and the impression that they are creating in the perception of the public is that the continuation of their offices will be a taint to the office.”
He said the only reason they remained in office is that they were protected.
“…And it’s not just one judgement, but an avalanche with respect to judicial criticism. The fact that they were protected during that time by President Zuma and Mr Abrahams despite those findings simply highlights the reputational damage that is being done to their offices.”
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