Maz­ibisa banned from prac­tis­ing law

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Than­deka Moyo

DIS­GRACED top Bu­l­awayo lawyer Sindiso Maz­ibisa has been barred from prac­tis­ing law in Zim­babwe af­ter a tri­bunal on Fri­day ruled that he be dereg­is­tered.

Maz­ibisa was a se­nior part­ner at Cheda and Part­ners Law Firm be­fore it was shut down in April last year.

Cheda and Part­ners col­lapsed fol­low­ing the mis­use of the com­pany’s trust fund.

In one case, the law firm failed to ac­count for $335 000 which busi­ness­man Ti­tus Ncube de­posited with the law firm in March 2013.

Ncube in­tended to buy shares in a gold mine with Maz­ibisa as bro­ker, but he later de­vel­oped cold feet and asked that the money be re­leased back to him but the law firm failed to re­im­burse him.

Law So­ci­ety of Zim­babwe pres­i­dent Mrs Vim­bai Nyemba said Maz­ibisa can no longer prac­tice law in Zim­babwe.

She could not im­me­di­ately name the other lawyer who has been dereg­is­tered, but said the le­gal prac­ti­tioner was also from Bu­l­awayo.

“I can con­firm that two lawyers were dereg­is­tered on Fri­day af­ter their cases were heard be­fore a le­gal tri­bunal which con­sists of two judges and two se­nior lawyers. The tri­bunal then ruled that the two be dereg­is­tered,” said Mrs Nyemba. “The two will never prac­tise law in Zim­babwe or ap­pear be­fore any court. This can only be re­versed af­ter some time when the LSZ feels they have been re­ha­bil­i­tated. It is only then that they can be al­lowed to reap­ply to be reg­is­tered.” She said the LSZ will con­tinue to pun­ish mem­bers who bring the pro­fes­sion into dis­re­pute. “We will never tol­er­ate cor­rup­tion and as such those found guilty will be dereg­is­tered. Our lawyers are the best in South­ern Africa, they are known for be­ing ed­u­cated and smart and we will do all we can to main­tain such high stan­dards,” said Mrs Nyemba. Maz­ibisa and Mla­muli Ncube who were se­nior part­ners at Cheda and part­ners, were last year asked to sur­ren­der their prac­tis­ing cer­tifi­cates af­ter the fraud was de­tected. They were later sus­pended by the LSZ pend­ing fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The third se­nior part­ner, Nq o b i z i t h a Ndlovu, was later sus­pended by the L SZ for in­ter­fer­ing with the law firm’s cu­ra­tor Ad­vo­cate Per­petua Dube’s du­ties.

In a doomed bid to stop The Chron­i­cle from pub­lish­ing sto­ries ex­pos­ing the ram­pant malfea­sance at the law firm, Maz­ibisa filed a $20 mil­lion law­suit against the for­mer edi­tor, Mduduzi Mathuthu, re­porter Than­deka Moyo, Zim­pa­pers and Chop­pies Su­per­mar­ket — who sell The Chron­i­cle.

Cheda and Part­ners was one of the lead­ing law firms in Zim­babwe with its head of­fice in Bu­l­awayo and branches in Gwanda and Vic­to­ria Falls.

The fi rm was es­tab­lished in 1992 by its found­ing part­ner, the for­mer se­nior Bu­l­awayo High Court Judge, Jus­tice Maphios Cheda, who later left to join the bench.-@ thamamoe

Sindiso Maz­ibisa

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