Dali Mpofu

Dali Mpofu is a South African politician, advocate and business executive. He was the chief executive officer (CEO) of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), he was a prominent member of the African National Congress (ANC) until 2013 when he joined Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) and he represented the miners who were injured during the August 2012 Marikana Massacre and those who were arrested at The Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

Dali Mpofu
Born Daluxolo Christopher
September 26, 1962
East London
Eastern Cape
South Africa
Nationality South African
Political Party ANC (1980-2013)
EFF (2013 – to date)
Education Wits University
Occupation Advocate, Politician
Business Executive
Wife Mpumi Nxumalo
Children Letsema Mpofu
Sizwe Mpofu
Mncedisi Mpofu
Zwekazi Mpofu

Dali Mpofu was born Daluxolo Christopher Mpofu in East London in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

He went to Mzomhle High School in Unite 1 of  Mdantsane township in the Eastern Cape.

In 1988 Dali Mpofu completed his Baccalaureus Procurationis (BProc) (LLB) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in Gauteng province.

In 1992 he completed his LLB also from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Dali Mpofu reportedly joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1980 at the height of the political struggle of South Africa which set out to oppose and do away with the apartheid system.

He served as Winni Madikizela-Mandela’s deputy on the Social Development Department of the African National Congress(ANC)  before the 1994 General Election of South Africa.

In May 1992 Dali Mpofu was dismissed from that position following the allegations of misappropriation of funds.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who was also implicated in the allegations, voluntarily resigned.

Dali Mpofu threatened to sue (presumably, the African National Congress which dismissed him) for wrongful dismissal but never pursued the claim and was later quoted saying “I don’t want to comment on these things, these are old claims”.

It is understood that after African National Congress’ victory at the 1994 General Election Dali Mpofu did not hold any government position nor did he go to parliament under Nelson Mandela‘s administration or the subsequent administrations.

Down the years He has remained in the business sector and held numerous positions, among others: Non-Executive Director of Thebe Securities (PTY) Ltd – now Thebe Stockbroking (Pty) Ltd; Director of ABB Powertech; Director of Battery Technologies (Pty) Ltd; Director of Rentech; Director of Powertech; Group Executive Director of Altron Group; Chairman of Utajiri Investments; and Director of Altech.

It is understood that ABB Powertech, Battery Technologies (Pty) Ltd, Powertech and  Altech are sister companies and are subsidiaries of Allied Electronics Corporation Limited (Altron Group).

Dali Mpofu have the Advocate of the National Anti-Corruption Task Team since 1999 and Chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Forum since 2001.

In 2002 Dali Mpofu became president of Electronic Industries Federation, a position he held until 2006.

In 2004 he became chairman of Victim Support South Africa/ Business Against Crime and held that position until 2005.

In 2005 Dali Mpofu held his most high profile post to date, he became Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) until 2009 when he was dismissed. His time at the SABC was marred by controversy and allegations of financial mismanagement, political interference and sidelining of his (and those of the group) critics.

During the time when he was CEO of the SABC, Dali Mpofu was also the Chairman of the board of Boxing South Africa – a post he also left in 2008 to focus on the SABC.

Also in 2005 he became Council Member of the International Marketing Council of South Africa, a position he has held since.

In 2006 Dali Mpofu became the Chairman of the board of Proudly South African and President of Southern African Broadcasters Association; he still hold both those positions to this day.

He is also an Acting Judge for the Labour Court of South Africa and Chairman of the ICT BEE Charter Working Group.


The 2011 – 2012 Julius Malema Disciplinary Hearing

Dali Mpofu represented Julius Malema in the 2011 – 2012 ANC disciplinary hearing that resulted in his [Julius Malema] expulsion from the African National Congress.


Marikana Massacre and The Farlam Commission of Inquiry

On August 16, 2012 members of an an elite special unit of the South African Police Service (SAPS) opened fire to the group of striking miners, reportedly killing 34 people and leaving at least 78 wounded.

The incident sent shock-waves across the world and evoked bitter memories of the brutality practiced by the government of apartheid South Africa.

Dali Mpofu and Dumisa Ntsebenza at The Farlam Commission of InquiryFurthermore; the shooting incident was the single most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since the Sharpeville Massacre of March 21, 1960 during the apartheid era.

Dali Mpofu represented the miners who were injured during that August 2012 Marikana Massacre and those who were arrested at The Farlam Commission of Inquiry sanctioned by President Jacob Zuma and chaired by retired Supreme Court of Appeals Judge Ian Gordon Farlam.

A reported R2.5 million was put forward by private funders to go towards the legal fees of the injured miners.

Dali Mpofu charged a reported R15,000 per day to represent the injured miners and in July 2013 had to withdraw after the funds ran out and the miners could no longer afford representation.

His withdrawal was also after the South African government resisted paying private lawyers to represent the injured miners; also his withdrawal led to accusations of seeking public attention by charging exorbitant fees but Dali Mpofu was defended and claimed that the representatives of the police had charged R30, 000 per day twice what he (Dali Mpofu) was charging the miners.

Dali Mpofu resumed his representation of the miners after the South Gauteng High Court ruled that the South African Government must fund the miner’s appearance at The Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

Most notably, Dali Mpofu cross examined the Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, who was the witness at the commission due to the fact that he was one of the key figures at Lonmin Marikana Operations during the Massacre.

On Friday November 14, 2014 after 300 sessions, The Farlam Commission of Inquiry concluded. The commissioners are expected to prepare a final report to be handed to President Jacob Zuma in 2015.


The Case Against the Gupta Family

On April 30, 2013 the Gupta used the Waterkloof Air Force Base to land a chartered jet carrying 200 guests to their wedding guests.

The incident created a media frenzy and drew condemnations across the country.

In June 2013 Dali Mpofu, in his capacity as the head of the disciplinary committee in the ANC’s Saxonwold Branch in Gauteng, led a case against the Gupta family (which lives in Saxonwold).

Dali Mpofu’s actions of charging the Gupta family was reportedly bringing the ANC into disrepute. The ANC later said his movements were “being observed”.

In September 2013 the case against the Gupta family was dropped to which Dali Mpofu said “I’m not commenting”.


Departure from the ANC and Joining the EFF

In November 2013 Dali Mpofu submitted a letter of resignation to the ANC’s Saxonwold branch 17 in the North of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province.

He cited disillusionment with the ANC as the reason for his departure, saying it [the ANC] was not the vehicle to deliver the economic freedom ordinary South Africans need to improve their lives.

Dali Mpofu EFF“The path we are going to follow between now and 2030 is in my view the wrong prescription. So I don’t think we have to wait until 2031 to say this was not the correct prescription. By then the patient we are dealing with may be dead” Dali Mpofu was quoted saying of the ANC and his departure.

“It’s not easy leaving a 100-year-old organisation, I respect the decision of those comrades who have decided to stay there. My only prediction is that in the fullness of time, they will see that they are just hanging on to the sentiment and the name. For a long time, people like me thought you could change things from inside the ANC. Internal paralysis is such that it’s a question of time before it [the ANC] renders itself irrelevant to the broader revolution” Dali Mpofu said.

Dali Mpofu said the his decision to leave the African National Congress had nothing to do with the leadership of President Jacob Zuma but rather with the direction the party was taking.

Dali Mpofu joined Julius Malema‘s newly founded Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) and claimed that it [EFF] appealed to him because it provided “exciting opportunities” for a new political direction for South Africa.

“We chose a destination, which is the total emancipation of our people. If the vehicle that we chose has veered off the track, we must still pursue the destination and simply change vehicles” Dali Mpofu was quoted saying.


2014 General Election of South Africa

Dali Mpofu was the Economic Freedom Fighters premier candidate for the Gauteng province during the 2014 General Election of South Africa.

The Democratic Alliance had put forward Mmusi Maimane as their candidate while the African National Congress do not put forward candidates ahead of the elections.

In the end, the African National Congress retained the province.


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

It has been reported that Dali Mpofu was in a relationship with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a relationship that reportedly continued for a further two (2) years after Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

The alleged relationship has been cited as a contributing factor to Nelson Mandela’s divorce from Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Furthermore; in 1992 while he was Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s deputy in the ANC Social Development Department, the pair was reportedly accused of embezzling money from the department’s account.

Most famously, numerous publications have published this extract from a letter she wrote to Dali Mpofu “I tell you I’m in trouble with the Simmonds Street a/c which reflects over R160,000 drawn over a period for you”.

While another extract from the letter reads “I won’t be your bloody fool, Dali”.


SABC Controversies

When Dali Mpofu was the CEO of the SABC he was accused of politicizing the board of directors as well as the corporation (SABC) itself, the board members included; Cecil Msomi, Eddie Funde, Snuki Zikalala and Solly Mokoetle.

During his tenure, the SABC required and was bailed out by the South African national government on numerous occasions; it has been reported that in 2006-2007 the SABC bail out was R119 million, in 2007-2008 it was R132 million and in his final year  the bail out had multiplied more than five time to that of the previous year to R780 million.

While CEO and amid financial turmoil, The SABC paid R123, 000 for a cover story on Leadership Magazine which featured his portrait on the magazine’s cover page.

In 2006 when Snuki Zikalala was head of news at the SABC, the corporation was accused of created a blacklist which sought to sideline certain political commentators and prevent them from commenting on certain news items.

Dali Mpofu sanctioned a commission of inquiry which was shrouded in mystery. In 2012 the Freedom of Expression Institute withdrew its case  after a court case to have the matter heard by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

Following his dismissal, Dali Mpofu pursued a financial compensation case against the SABC where he was seeking a R16 million settlement.

Ultimately he was reportedly paid R13.4 million including what was due to him, legal costs and restraint of of trade among other things.


Personal Life

In 2004 Dali Mpofu paid lobola for Mpumi Nxumalo who was director-general of the Department of Housing at the time. A traditional ceremony held in Soweto, Mpumi Nxumalo’s home, was attended by a number of notable figures. They got married on November 13, 2004.

Dali Mpofu has four children; Letsema Mpofu, Sizwe Mpofu, Mncedisi Mpofu and Zwekazi Mpofu.

  • Stabbing, April 2013

On April 11, 2013 at approximately 4pm (16:00, South African time) Dali Mpofu was mugged and stabbed several times while walking on beach in his home town of East London.

“It is alleged he was approached by two assailants who robbed him of his personal belongings. He sustained stab wounds in the upper and lower body and was rushed to St Dominic’s Hospital. Mpofu is in a serious but stable condition,” Eastern Cape police spokesman Marinda Mills was quoted by the Times.

The assailants were later captured and tried, testifying at the trial Doctor Marina Johnson who treated Dali Mpofu for his injuries at St Dominic’s Hospital was quoted saying “He sustained what we call a sucking, or penetrating, chest wound, which ruptured his lung”.

On April 23, 2014 the assailants, Chuma Komeni (23) and Thulani Simon (18), were found guilty and on June 10 the pair was sentenced.

Chuma Komeni who reportedly masterminded the robbing and stabbing of Dali Mpofu was sentenced to 9 years to run concurrently with a 12-year jail term he is serving in Mdantsane Prison for a separate case of robbery.

Thulani Simon who was 17 years old at the time of the robbery was sentenced to five years in jail.