Law society issue
THE KwaZuluNatal Law Society regulates the attorneys’ profession in the province of KwaZuluNatal, South Africa, and enhances the prestige and dignity of the profession.
It protects the public by providing effective control of the professional conduct of attorneys. This statement can be found on the website of the KwaZuluNatal Law Society.
In September 2013, I lodged a complaint with the KZN Law Society regarding dealings I had with a firm of attorneys in Pietermaritzburg. A year later, I was advised that the matter was to be referred to its complaint’s committee for consideration, which it was in April 2015. I was then advised in May 2015 that the council had raised certain queries regarding the committee’s decision and that it had been referred back to the complaints committee. To date, I have still not heard the outcome. What is of concern now though, is that previously, correspondence was sporadically acknowledged, but since February 2016, I have had only one acknowledgement and been unable to get any response since then to either emails or phone messages. It seems as though it is balking at either finalising the matter or divulging the outcome and consequently the only conclusion that can be assumed is that it is either hiding something or dragging the issue out hoping that it’ll go away. It would also appear that with this total lack of action, it is not there to protect the public, as the earlier statement states, but rather to protect its own.
Pearl Arnold Mfusi, manager: regulatory affairs for the KZN Law Soci
ety responded: I confirm that the society has investigated the complaint lodged by Rex Boreham. The matter is currently being considered by a complaints committee. We have received a response from two of the four committee members. We will ensure that the matter is finalised and will communicate the decision of the complaints committee after confirmation of the council at its meeting held on February 27, 2018.