Profile of Deputy Public Protector: Adv. Kholeka Gcaleka

Born in Johannesburg and grew up in her hometown of Umzimkhulu, Adv. Kholeka Gcaleka prides herself with her multi-cultural upbringing spread across the provinces of Gauteng, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal which has contributed immensely to her value system and passion for public service.

Even before her appointment as the Deputy Public Protector of the Republic of South Africa, Adv. Gcaleka had already proven herself as an astute lawyer and prosecutor. Having started her career with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) as an Aspirant Prosecutor in 2004, her undoubted potential was clear.

Within the prosecuting authority, she has served as a Regional Court Prosecutor; a Specialist Prosecutor on sexual offences; a Junior State Advocate before being elevated to the positions of Senior State Advocate and Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions respectively. During her stay with the prosecuting authority.

Adv. Gcaleka was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2006 and has gone to amass a wealth of experience in litigation, management, governance, training and communications over the years.  Throughout her career, Adv. Gcaleka has been exposed to high profile and complex matters which helped to build her strong legal acumen.

She has served as a Special Advisor to the Ministers of Public Service and Administration; Home Affairs and Finance respectively – with a specific focus in the areas of administration, legal, legislation and policy development, strategy, compliance and governance. Adv. Gcaleka, has also been part of a Committee of Enquiry probing the state of affairs of municipalities across Gauteng.

Over the years, Adv. Gcaleka has contributed immensely to legislation and policy development both at the prosecuting authority and as an Advisor to government Ministers. She has also in several capacities, contributed to various international work, which include: The Africa Prosecutors Association Annual General Meeting held in Mozambique; The Combating of Corruption in Africa by Africa Prosecutors Association in South Africa; Conference on Eastern and Southern Africa Anti –Money Laundering Group in Tanzania; Conference on Financial Action Task Force in Spain; International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings in Washington, United States; BRICS summit in China; SADC Conference of Ministers in Security Cluster and the conference on the Promotion of Policies and Standards to combat Financial Crimes in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Adv. Gcaleka’s impeccable leadership qualities have also been employed outside her public office life to further benefit communities closer to her heart. She has served on amongst others, the Boards as a Non-Executive Director at Jozi FM; Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and has served as a Chairperson of a Youth Forum in Dobsonville, Soweto.

She has also served as Deputy Chairperson of Director of Public Prosecutions Johannesburg Transformation Committee; Skills Development Officer at Black Lawyers Association; Project Office of the Law Students Council and Deputy Chairperson of the University of Durban Westville Campus TV as well as other several students councils during her university days.

Adv. Gcaleka also created history as the former first black female National Chairperson of the Society of State Advocates of South Africa. She holds an LLB Degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal obtained in 2003 and recently acquired her LLM Degree in Commercial Law from the University of Johannesburg.