Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Monday, July 28, 2008

Get ready to know a lot about this man
It was revealed yesterday that the Judge to preside over Zuma's initial attempts to get his case thrown out, and ultimately, to preside over any criminal trial against Zuma in relation to his graft charges, is Judge Chris Nicholson.

Nicholson seems a well-respected pick for this critical trial. He is an experienced former human rights lawyer, founder of the Legal Resources Centre in Durban:
"He ran it as its director for the better part of the 1980s and then, after suffering ill health, took up a lecturing post at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He also played a role in the establishment of the centre's constitutional litigation unit before being appointed to the KwaZulu-Natal bench in 1995.

Nicholson has also written several books, including one focusing on the apartheid assassinations of the Cradock Four and another on the life of the Indian golfer Papwa Sewgolum, who was denied recognition under apartheid."
Whilst it is an honour for Nicholson to be entrusted with such a tinderbox case in the current South Africa socio-political environment, it must also be incredibly daunting. He will become enemy number one for the pro-Zuma hordes who have really shown their true colours during Zuma's previous rape and graft court appearances. Nicholson will be well aware of the dangerous path he will be walking over the next 6-18 months, and I for one, wish him well.