Profile of Deputy Public Protector: Adv. Kholeka Gcaleka

Adv. Kholeka Nompilo Gcaleka was appointed Deputy Public Protector at the end of January 2020. President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed her for a seven-year renewable term of office effective 01 February 2020.

Her appointment came on the back of a recommendation of the National Assembly following a thorough and transparent selection process spearheaded by a multi-party parliamentary committee.

A seasoned lawyer, who holds an LLB Degree obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2003 and nearing completion of her Master’s Degree in Commercial Law with Johannesburg University, she brings to her new role an impressive skillset and a wealth of experience in legal practice.

Prior to her appointment, Adv. Gcaleka, who was admitted as an advocate of the High Court in 2006, was a Special Advisor to the Minister of Public Service and Administration and was prior to that doing consultancy work mainly in the criminal justice space. She also formed part of a committee of inquiry into the state of affairs in municipalities across the Gauteng Province.

Between October 2016 and November 2018, she was a Special Advisor to the Minister of Home Affairs and Finance respectively in the areas of administration, legal, policy, strategy, compliance and governance.

This was after spending a period spanning more than 12 years at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), where she rose to the position of Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in 2011.

She had risen through the ranks at the NPA, which she first joined in 2004 as an Aspirant Persecutor, later becoming a Specialist Prosecutor on Sexual Offices. In 2006, she was appointed Junior State Advocate before becoming a Senior State Advocate two years later, paving the way for her promotion to Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecution.

She has a good acumen in litigation, management and governance.

Born in Johannesburg and grew up in the greater parts of the country such as the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu Natal, Adv. Gcaleka obtained her senior certificate at Ixopo's Little Flower High School in 1998. Adv. Gcaleka is a former National Chairperson of the Society of State Advocates of SA and a member of the Black Lawyers Association.

She aspires to utilise her legal acumen to enhance good governance in all state affairs while also improving good ethical conduct by state functionaries.