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Current press releases

 

2017 PRESS RELEASES

11 May 2017 LSSA strongly condemns disturbing personal attacks on Judge Bashier Vally and on the judiciary. Read press release.
5 May 2017 LSSA urges Judicial Service Commission to scrutinise judicial candidates for racist tendencies. Read press release.
24 April 2017 LSSA calls on Council on Higher Education to consult the legal profession on issues related to the LLB degree. Read press release
23 April 2017 New Co-Chairpersons Walid Brown and David Bekker lead LSSA at time of transformation and change to new dispensation. Read press release.
31 March 2017 Statement on progress made by the Action Group on Briefing Patterns in the Legal Profession. Read press release.
27 March 2017 LSSA seriously concerned at unsubstantiated allegations against attorneys regarding medical negligence claims. Read press release.
30 January 2017 LSSA congratulates Thuli Madonsela on Commonwealth Rule of Law Award. Read press release.


2016 PRESS RELEASES

8 December 2016 LSSA concerned that RAF is short changing road accident victims through hasty direct settlements. Read press release.
2 November 2016 LSSA welcomes release of State of Capture report. Read press release.
31 November 2016 LSSA welcomes withdrawal of charges against Finance Minister; gravely disappointed that a matter of this magnitude and implications was decided clearly without first obtaining all the necessary information and that the charges were instituted in the first place. Read press release.
25 October 2016 LSSA urges SA Government to reconsider withdrawing from the International Criminal Court. Read press release.
2 October 2016 LSSA joins calls for investigation into fitness for office of SABC Board members. Read press release.
30 September 2016 Law Society offers services of attorney mediators to resolve education impasse. Read press release.
19 August 2016 Get your will drafted for free by an attorney during National Wills Week: 12 to 16 September 2016. Read press release.
5 August 2016 LSSA says elections generally free and fair, but will report irregularities to IEC. Read press release.
14 July 2016 LSSA urges SABC to obey ICASA order to withdraw its censorship resolution. Read press release.
3 July 2016 LSSA shocked at murder of Kenyan human rights lawyer. Read press release.
28 June 2016 LSSA alarmed at developments at state broadcaster;  SABC board urged to create an environment in which journalists can report without fear or favour Read press release.
22 June 2016 LSSA urges government to ensure a climate for free and fair elections. Read press release.
10 May 2016 LSSA  urges Judicial Service Commission to deal with allegations of racism against Judge Mabel Jansen expeditiously and transparently. Read press release.
8 April 2016 LSSA expresses grave concern at views by President Zuma on the courts. Read press release.
5 April 2016 Notyesi and Van Rensburg elected to lead Law Society of South Africa.  Read the press release.
2 April 2016 LSSA condemns the conduct of the Bobroffs and urges them to respect the administration of justice. Read press release
31 March 2016 LSSA applauds landmark judgment on the binding nature of the Public Protector’s remedial action. Read press release
23 February 2016 LSSA repeats its call to the Lesotho authorities to cease their harassment and intimidation of lawyers, particularly those lawyers involved in the defence of 23 soldiers accused of alleged mutiny last year. Read press release.
21 January 2016 LSSA stresses the right and duty of lawyers to practise freely and without
threat. Read press release.

 

2015 PRESS RELEASES

20 November 2015 LSSA concerned at threats against lawyers and judges in Lesotho. Read press release.
1 October 2015 Law Society seriously concerned at reports of irregularities relating to prescribed direct claims by Road Accident Fund. Read press release.
2 September 2015 Law Society expresses its sadness at the passing of retired Constitutional Court Justice Thembile Skweyiya. Read press release.
26 August 2015 Attorneys to draft free wills during National Wills Week from 14 to 18 September 2015. Read press release
18 June 2015 Law Society condemns compromise of the Rule of LawRead press release.
24 April 2015 LSSA donates R50 000 towards xenophobia relief. Read press release.
21 April 2015 LSSA launches court bid against President and ministers to stop ratification of 2014 SADC Protocol. Read press releaseRead the LSSA's founding affidavit.
17 April 2015 LSSA condemns xenophobic violence; offers pro bono assistance by attorneys to victimsRead press release.
26 March 2015 LSSA shocked and concerned at solitary confinement for jailed Swazi human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko. Read press release.
24 March 2015 Johannesburg attorney and Black Lawyers Association President Busani Mabunda and Pietermaritzburg attorney Richard Scott have been elected as Co-Chairpersons of the LSSA. Read press release.
11 March 2015 LSSA concerned at moves to limit the right to compensation for medical negligence victims. Read press release.
30 January 2015: LSSA welcomes the implementation of the National Forum of the Legal Profession on 1 February 2015. Read press release.

 

2014 PRESS RELEASES

16 October 2014 LSSA express support for Malaysian Bar protest against Sedition Act. Read press release.
23 September 2014 LSSA welcomes promulgation of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014. Read press release.
17 September 2014 LSSA echoes concern at inappropriate criticism of Judge Thokozile Masipa
10 September 2014 LSSA calls for a halt to scurrilous and unwarranted attacks on the Public Protector
19 August 2014 Attorneys to draft free wills during National Wills Week from 15 to 19 September 2014. Read press release.
10 July 2014 LSSA calls on KwaZulu-Natal  Law Society to resume its statutory functions with immediate effect. Read press release.
4 June 2014 LSSA urges speedy resolution to NDPP issue: The LSSA has urged President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha to finalise discussions on the controversy around National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana as a matter of urgency. Read press release.
26 May 2014 LSSA congratulates new Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha on his appointment to head the newly combined Department of Justice and Correctional Services. Read press release.
24 April 2014 The LSSA has set up an observer team of 275 attorneys and candidate attorneys to observer the National Elections on 7 May 2014. ‘They will serve as the eyes and ears of our citizens,’ say LSSA Co-Chairpersons Max Boqwana and Ettienne Barnard. Read the press release.
23 April 2014 The LSSA is confident that the outcome of LLB review will produce better lawyers. Read press release.
7 April 2014 Port Elizabeth attorney Max Boqwana and Somerset West attorney Ettienne Barnard have been elected as Co-Chairpersons of the LSSA. Read press release.
20 March 2014 LSSA expresses its grave concern at the recent irregular and arbitrary arrest of Swazi human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and Editor of news magazine The Nation, Bheki Makhubu. Read press release.
4 March 2014 Attorneys committed to rendering pro bono legal services and announce national First Free Interview scheme. Read press release.
 

2013 PRESS RELEASES

6 December 2013 LSSA Tribute to Nelson Mandela. Read press release.
3 December 2013 The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) welcomes the acquittal of Zimbabwean human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, by a Harare court last week. Read press release.
14 November 2013 LSSA welcomes launch by Chief Justice of NEEC and initiatives to improve the justice system. Read press release.
13 November 2013 LSSA expresses its grave concerned that members of an International Bar Association Human Rights Institute high-level delegation have been denied entry into Sri Lanka during this week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo. Read press release.
18 September 2013 Attorneys to draft free wills during National Wills Week: 7 to 11 October 2013. Read press release.
16 September 2013 Joint press release: The Road Accident Fund and the LSSA have committed to maintaining mutually beneficial relations to ensure that the best interests of road accident victims are served. In addition, both organisations are dedicated to actively rooting out fraud and corruption in the road accident claims process. Read press release.
10 September 2013 LSSA and Attorneys Fidelity Fund launch Trustline: Promoting trust in the attorneys' profession. Read press release.
30 August 2013 LSSA welcomes the appointment of Durban attorney Mxolisi Nxasana as National Director of Public Prosecutions. Read press release.
8 August 2013 LSSA welcomes re-establishment of sexual offences courts; calls for efficiency in maintenance matters affecting women and children. Read press release.
6 August 2013 LSSA and SAPS announce joint project to improve treatment of domestic violence victims and matters. Read press release.
25 July 2013 Law societies join the financial intelligence fold. Read press release.
24 July 2013 LSSA saddened at death of former Chief Justice Pius Langa. Read press release.
6 June 2013 Joint press statement on the LLB Degree Summit by the SA Law Deans Association, the LSSA and the General Council of the Bar. Read the joint statement.
15 May 2013 LSSA concerned at Parliamentarians' inappropriate questioning of Public Protector. Read press release.
23 April 2013 LSSA supports the call made last week by the Commonwealth Lawyers Association for the suspension of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth. Read press release.
22 April 2013 LSSA elects Matolo-Dlepu and Bekker as Co-Chairpersons. Read press release.
21 March 2013 LSSA urges SADC, President ZUma and SA Government to intercede urgently with the Zimbabwean authorities on the ongoing detention of Beatrice Mtetwa. Read press release.
18 March 2013 LSSA condemns the arrest of prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa in Harare on Sunday, 17 March 2013. Read press release.
14 March 2013 The LSSA strongly disapproves of judicial officers engaging in industrial action and strikes. Read full press release.
5 March 2013 The LSSA has added its voice to those organisations condemning the actions of members of the SAPS involved in the Daveyton incident which lead  to the tragic death of a taxi driver. Read press release.
1 March 2013 The LSSA has condemned the unscrupulous abuse, exploitation and maladministration of the garnishee order system by collection practitioners. Read press release.
18 February 2013 The LSSA has added its voice to the shock and condemnation of the increasing violence against women and children which appears to have become endemic in our society.The LSSA is considering various steps that it will consider taking to contribute to assisting survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their families. Read press release.
30 January 2013 The Law Deans at South African universities’ law faculties and representatives of the legal profession will meet at a summit in May this year to discuss the four-year LLB
degree. Read joint media statement.
17 January 2013 LSSA expresses grave concern at impeachment of Chief Justice of Sri Lanka; calls on SA Government to take a stand. Read press release.
14 January 2013 LSSA calls on attorneys in the Western Cape to make their services and skills available to assist farmworkers, farm owners and the other related stakeholders to reach an acceptable resolution to the labour conflict in the Cape winelands. Read press release.