Legal Aid lawyers to stage morning protest


11 days ago

Disgruntled Legal Aid South Africa attorneys, who are constitutionally mandated to provide legal assistance to poor people, are planning to go on strike on Wednesday.

The lawyers are unhappy over their group life cover and horrible working conditions.

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To discuss the looming strike, Nickolaus Bauer on the Xolani Gwala Show chats to Legal Aid South Africa aggrieved lawyers representative Michael Motaung.

We are going to hold a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday, but we will also try to go to court and cover cases that we are involved with. Basically, they won't be affected by the strike.

Michael Motaung, Representative for aggrieved lawyers - Legal Aid South Africa

He adds that one of the grievances is that Legal Aid South Africa has stopped to pay legal counsel subscriptions.

State office attorneys are not allowed for private companies and they are only allowed to work for Legal Aid only.

Michael Motaung, Representative for aggrieved lawyers - Legal Aid South Africa

He says the demonstration will start from 8:45 am and will run until 9:30 am so that they don't disrupt court proceedings.

Listen below to the full report:

This article first appeared on 702 : Legal Aid lawyers to stage morning protest

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