Letters to the editor – October 2018

October 1st, 2018

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Letters are not published under noms de plume. However, letters from practising attorneys who make their identities and addresses known to the editor may be considered for publication anonymously.

Response to Grumpy Attorney

I loved this article! (‘Ramblings of a Grumpy Attorney’ 2018 (July) DR 52.)

I am sure that similar problems are experienced all over South Africa.

When we began our law careers, as bright-eyed law students, we believed that we could change the world. We believed in the law, regulations and the system that ran it. Sadly, when we reached the real world a stark reality hit us right between the eyes. The very people that are supposed to make the gears turn are the ones who are making it all come to a grinding halt.

I had on many occasions been left waiting for hours, because someone was too busy chatting to their co-worker or having a two-hour lunch, which was preceded by a one-hour tea time.

I have since left the daily grind and am now very happy at my cushy corporate job. I do still hold on to the hope that some of those ideals that I had as a law student will be realised. I truly hope that the system starts to work again, because at the end of the day the people that suffer the most are the ones who are underprivileged.

Zandré Kinghorn, non-practicing attorney, Johannesburg

This article was first published in De Rebus in 2018 (Oct) DR 4.