Le­gal pro­fes­sion still racist, sex­ist

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Lucky Free State In Bloem­fontein most white le­gal firms are racist and im­ple­ment emol­u­ment at­tach­ment or­ders with­out set procedure. They only ap­ply the in du­plum rule and other laws (which seek to pro­tect bor­row­ers from ex­ploita­tion) in cases in­volv­ing whites and not blacks. R Pillay KwaZulu-Natal I lodged a com­plaint against an at­tor­ney in 2014. There was evidence as clear as day­light that he mis­ap­pro­pri­ated funds. To date, noth­ing has been done by the Law So­ci­ety of SA (LLSA). How can we, as the pub­lic, have faith in the LLSA or the pro­fes­sion? Sello Gaut­eng Please in­ves­ti­gate how state law ad­vis­ers ap­point le­gal firms for briefs. Is it based on com­pet­i­tive bid­ding? Is it trans­par­ent? Is it based on the Pref­er­en­tial Pro­cure­ment Pol­icy Frame­work Act? Hec­tor van Heer­den KwaZulu-Natal Truth be told, when a per­son or an en­tity is fac­ing a le­gal chal­lenge, logic dic­tates that in or­der to over­come this they need as good a prac­ti­tioner as pos­si­ble. There­fore, they get the best in the field. If they don’t, they will pay for it. I know black com­pa­nies that con­sult white lawyers. Why would they be do­ing this? James Solomons via SMS

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