Law Society AGM gets under way
FORMER Zimbabwe finance minister Tendai Biti is expected to highlight the political and economic crisis in the neighbouring country when he addresses the Law Society of South Africa’s (LSSA’s) annual general meeting (AGM) today.
LSSA spokesperson Nomfundo Manyathi-Jele said Biti’s keynote address coincided with the 20th anniversary of the South African Constitution.
“He will speak to the challenges lawyers face practising in a constitutional democracy. He will draw parallels of the environment in South Africa with that in Zimbabwe, where political interference is high, even in the judiciary,” Manyathi-Jele said.
The two-day AGM will bring together the attorney profession to highlight critical issues as the profession prepares to move into the new Legal Practice Act dispensation in 2018.
The AGM will be held at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth.
Biti is a human rights lawyer and leads the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as its president.
This year’s AGM will run under the theme The State of the Profession: Looking Forward.
LSSA will bring together its six constituent members, the Black Lawyers Association, the Cape Law Society, the KwaZulu Natal Law Society, the Law Society of the Northern Provinces and the National Association of Democratic Lawyers.
In a statement, Biti’s party said it was proud to have its leader recognised across the borders. “Biti has been recognised for his efforts in using constitutional law as a tool for social change and his consistent human rights work,” a statement said.
“He recently attended a conference in South Africa on the rights of prisoners where he made a presentation on the issue of those imprisoned for life’s right to parole and the efforts to ascertain progressive clauses of the Constitution.”
The former finance minister was working with a number of Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to file a class suit application on the right to vote for people who live abroad.