Law so­ci­ety is­sue

The Witness - - OPINION - REX BOREHAM Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

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.

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