Julius Malema will be hauled before court next week - but he will not go down without a fight. Not with attorney Nicqui Galaktiou in his corner.
Law enforcement authorities will have to ensure that they have crossed their T’s and dotted their I’s if they want any charges against Malema to stick.
The attorney, who was described today on Twitter as a “fire eater”, has successfully defended the likes of IT service company, Gijima, SA businessman Robert Gumede and Zambia’s former first son, Henry Banda.
Gijima had asked the court to prevent what it described as the “unlawful” cancellation by the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) of a R19.6 million-a-month contract it has with the SA Police Service (SAPS).
She also got the Sunday Times to apologise for a column linking SA businessman Robert Gumede to election fraud in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Earlier this year Gumede and his firm, Four Rivers Trading, complained that the column, written by Greg Mills and published on January 1, sought to link them to a plot to ensure president Joseph Kabila’s victory in the country’s 2011 elections. The newspaper was ordered to print an apology.
Zambian authorities wanted Banda extradited after fraud allegations were levelled against him. Banda, who has permanent South African residency, was being sought for questioning by Zambian authorities in connection with a number of state deals concluded when his father, Rupiah Banda, was president.
And now Malema is hoping that Galaktiou can work her magic for him – again.
According to Brian Kahn Incorporated Attorneys’ website Galaktiou has 12 years experience in motion and trial work and disputing resolution matters involving a wide range of commercial and contractual disputes for corporate clients in various commercial sectors.
She is the head of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. Her experience covers liquidations and sequestrations. She is a member of the International Bar Association and is now a director at Brian Kahn.