Paul Ngobeni a wanted man

Eyewitness News has learnt that a bail bond company in the United States has put Western Cape Judge...

Controversial legal figure Paul Ngobeni. Ngobeni is a staunch backer of Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe.

Eyewitness News has learnt that a bail bond company in the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">United States</country-region> has put Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s supporter, Paul Ngobeni, on its wanted list.

It is understood the company gave Ngobeni US $5 000 but he left the <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">US</country-region> illegally and it lost its money.

Ngobeni has been in the forefront of efforts to have Hlophe appointed chief justice despite claims he interfered with court cases relating to President Jacob Zuma.

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Bail-co-Bonds said it has put Ngobeni on its list of wanted individuals after losing money and it also warned people not to try and apprehend him themselves.

Ngobeni was in trouble for refusing to pay money to his ex-wife and his three children.

<state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Connecticut disciplinary Counsel, Patrica King, prosecuted Ngobeni for misconduct as an attorney.

“Clients claimed he did not follow through with them, did not do work he was hired to do and did not return telephone calls,” King said.

As a result he voluntarily gave up his law license before taking a up a top job at the <place w:st="on"><placetype w:st="on">University of <placename w:st="on">Cape Town which he has now left.

In his response to this story Ngobeni said it is nonsense and that whoever gave Eyewitness News was not aware of the full facts.

He added that the arrest warrant was issued through an error because he had appealed an earlier ruling.

“That court no longer has jurisdiction to issue any further orders until the appeal is exhausted,” responded Ngobeni.