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Report: Mbete's lawyer was subject of a criminal investigation

A media report suggests that the Public Protector investigated complaints against Lindi Nkosi-Thomas.

Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete briefing media on how Parliament intends to give effect to recommendations to protect the rights of Members held in Pretoria on 24 July 2015. Picture: GCIS.
Nkandla,Constitutional Court,Baleka Mbete,SAA,National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete,Lindi NkosiThomas
Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG - There are reports this morning that National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's lawyer in the Nkandla matter, Lindi Nkosi-Thomas, was the subject of a criminal investigation when she was a non-executive director of the South African Airways (SAA) board.

According to News 24, the Public Protector's office was asked by SAA to halt its investigation into Nkosi-Thomas, pending a fraud case against her that was the subject of a police investigation.

The Public Protector was reportedly investigating complaints that Nkosi-Thomas allegedly doctored a legal opinion during her tenure at the SAA board.

Recently Nkosi-Thomas made controversial submissions at the Constitutional Court when defending Mbete during the Nkandla case.

In a quote, Nkosi-Thomas acknowledged the investigation, but argued that the matter was laid to rest.

It's understood the criminal matter relates to an incident that occurred in 2013, when a man lodged a complaint of unprofessional conduct against Nkosi-Thomas at the Johannesburg Bar Council.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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