Law So­ci­ety AGM gets un­der way

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS - MTHOKOZISI DUBE mtokozisid@the­newage.co.za

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.

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