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Sehlako Malatji Pre­to­ria, Gaut­eng In­deed. Govern­ment and its paras­tatals should use black lawyers to speed up trans­for­ma­tion. This will also give big com­pa­nies the con­fi­dence to use black lawyers in their com­plex le­gal mat­ters. Nt­siki Zophe Free State I think it is time for our govern­ment to use black lawyers more than ever be­fore in all de­part­ments, in­clud­ing in our mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. The con­tin­ued fail­ure to do this says that white lawyers are su­pe­rior to black lawyers. How long must we blacks en­dure dis­crim­i­na­tion, and fi­nan­cial op­pres­sion and marginal­i­sa­tion, even by our own govern­ment? Ka­belo Ma­hasha Lim­popo Govern­ment must use black lawyers be­cause it is the same govern­ment that preaches trans­for­ma­tion. Ge­off Klass Jo­han­nes­burg, Gaut­eng Chief Justice Mo­go­eng Mo­go­eng falls into the trans­for­ma­tion trap: colour ver­sus merit. This, in turn, speaks against free­dom of choice. Ask him why Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma chooses white lawyers when he should be lead­ing the charge of the Black Bri­gade. Gwen Mbetha via SMS Govern­ment should use any com­pe­tent lawyer and not overuse one lawyer. Some black se­nior coun­sel take on too many briefs and end up be­ing ill-pre­pared in some mat­ters, which is pos­si­bly why white lawyers are pre­ferred.

When a white se­nior coun­sel is briefed by a state depart­ment, there must be in­sis­tence that the ju­nior be black, so that skills can be trans­ferred. The state at­tor­ney should not choose coun­sel for de­part­ments. This may lead to the de­vel­op­ment of close and cor­rupt re­la­tion­ships with par­tic­u­lar coun­sel. Lebo Modise via SMS I don’t see any­thing wrong with white lawyers be­ing used. They are also South Africans. What I don’t like is when both blacks and whites al­low them­selves to be ma­nip­u­lated. They have to do their work with­out fear or favour. Mof­fat North West Most of our black lawyers are more in­ter­ested in money than a pro­file or ex­pe­ri­ence. To an ex­tent, they eas­ily lose fo­cus when politi­cians of­fer them po­si­tions in govern­ment. They have moved on to greener pas­tures. The politi­cians also recog­nise the lawyers who suc­cumb eas­ily to their de­mands, which leads to bias when it comes time to make de­ci­sions.

It is not ad­vis­able to use only black lawyers. There must also be Indians and whites. There must be a bal­anced num­ber of black lawyers to as­sist in trans­for­ma­tion. HK Ma­tolo-Dlepu Gaut­eng Black lawyers and other pro­fes­sion­als must vig­or­ously take on the trans­for­ma­tion is­sues. We have been beg­ging govern­ment and other state-owned en­ter­prises to fast-track trans­for­ma­tion, but all our re­quests fall on deaf ears. The irony is that most of those who head these in­sti­tu­tions are black. It is sad that they view their fel­low blacks as in­ca­pable of de­liv­er­ing the same ser­vices as their white coun­ter­parts.

We voted in our govern­ment in 1994, know­ing that they had never gov­erned be­fore. We never doubted them. I do miss the days of black con­scious­ness. I wholly sup­port the chief justice’s ar­ti­cle.

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