Legal practitioners should not be afraid of change

February 1st, 2019
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Speaking about the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 (LPA), Judge of the Free State High Court Division, Johann Daffue, noted that the LPA deals with issues affecting the running of the legal profession so that the profession can best serve government and the public.

By Mapula Sedutla

The Free State Law Society (FSLS) held its last annual general meeting (AGM) in October 2018 in Bloemfontein. President of the FSLS, Vuyo Morobane, began the proceedings by welcoming guests to the meeting.

Guest speaker, Director at ITEC and Chairperson, Non-executive Director of Ruwacon, Valentine Rantsoareng, began his address by stating that lawyers are an important part of society, particularly for those who conduct business in the country. Mr Rantsoareng noted that lawyers need to have foresight when dealing with clients that run businesses, because the lawyer needs to understand where the business wants to be in the next 15 years to adequately assist it.

Mr Rantsoareng said often times the law assumes that society knows what the law is, that is not always the case and that is where lawyers must step in. He pointed out that his business grew because he employed a lawyer that understood where he wanted his businesses to be from day one. He added that it cannot be overstated that every aspect of life is intertwined with the law.

Speaking about the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 (LPA), Judge of the Free State High Court Division, Johann Daffue, noted that it took many years of negotiations for the LPA to be enacted. Judge Daffue said the LPA deals with issues affecting the running of the legal profession so that the profession can best serve government and the public. He cautioned against resistance to the LPA and advised legal practitioners to not be afraid of change.

  • For more information on the workings of the FSLS during 2018 see www.derebus.org.za under the resources and documents tab.

Mapula Sedutla NDip Journ (DUT) BTech (Journ) (TUT) is the editor of De Rebus.

This article was first published in De Rebus in 2019 (Jan/Feb) DR 8.