Two of South Africa's top advocates will be going toe to toe when President Jacob Zuma's lawyer will defend the four men accused of making the infamous Reitz hostel video.

And the symbolism of the court case has not been lost on the main protagonists with the four former University of Free State students accused of humiliating five black workers represented by the formidable Kemp J Kemp SC.

The State has called upon Johan Kruger SC, the head of the NPA's organised crime section, to do battle in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court, where the trial is expected to start on Monday.

Johnny Roberts, Schalk van der Merwe, Danie Grobler and RC Malherbe stand accused of making the racist video in 2007, when five black workers were made to go through a mock initiation, including eating food that had apparently been urinated upon.

The video caused a national and international outcry, heralding back to common apartheid-era incidents.

The four face a charge of crimen injuria. This holds huge symbolic value for a country still basking in the afterglow of a successful World Cup.

"Obviously, we live in South Africa where discrimination and racism is of great importance and therefore I would suspect the case has taken on such a symbolic importance," said legal expert Professor Pierre de Vos.

Kemp became nationally renowned after successfully defending Zuma in his rape trial.

Prior to this Kemp was well known in legal circles as a defence lawyer in the criminal court, successfully defending a prominent Durban businessman who admitted to killing his brother in self-defence and successfully had a rape conviction against IFP MP Albert Mncwango overturned on appeal.

The advocate from Kwazulu-Natal has even taken the Minister of Environmental Affairs to court to fight for fishing rights for fishermen.

Opposing Kemp is a man more familiar with dealing with elaborate criminal networks as the head of the NPA's organised crime unit.

Kruger appeared for the State in the case of the four schoolboys - known as the Waterkloof Four - who killed a homeless man in 2001.

For six years Kruger fought tenaciously, finally securing a sentence of 12 years.