Law Society Mourns the Loss of Executive Director Tony Pillay

June 3rd, 2024


The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) is deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of its Executive Director, Tony Pillay. This tragic loss is felt keenly across the LSSA, its House of Constituents, staff, and the broader legal profession, all of whom have lost a dedicated and influential figure.

Tony Pillay joined the LSSA in 1998 as Finance Director, and his contributions over the years have been invaluable. Since 2017, he has led the organisation with distinction, guiding it through periods of significant transition as it strengthened its role as an advocate for attorneys and candidate attorneys.

LSSA President Joanne Anthony-Gooden expressed her heartfelt condolences, saying: ‘The LSSA extends its deepest sympathies to Tony’s wife, children, family, and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We hope they find comfort in knowing that Tony was deeply respected and appreciated within and beyond the legal community.’

She added: ‘Tony’s leadership during times of change was exemplary. He was always available to provide guidance and support, and his absence will be profoundly felt. The legal profession owes Tony an immeasurable debt of gratitude, and we are forever thankful to his family for sharing him with us.’

Tony Pillay’s legacy will endure, and his contributions to the LSSA and the legal profession will never be forgotten.


Mapula Oliphant NDip Journ (DUT) BTech (Journ) (TUT) is the Law Society of South Africa’s Communications Manager and Editor of De Rebus.