LSSA meets with Judge President Waglay

December 1st, 2017

Back row from left: LSSA Labour Law Committee members Vuyo Morobane, Jan Stemmett and Roy Ramdaw. Front row from left: Deputy-Chairperson of LSSA’s Labour Law Committee, Melatong Ramushu, Judge President of Labour and Labour Appeal Court, Basheer Waglay, and Chairperson of LSSA’s Labour Law Committee, Jerome Mthembu.

By Ricardo Wyngaard

A delegation from the Law Society of South Africa’s (LSSA) Labour Law Committee met with the Judge President of the Labour Court (LC) and Labour Appeal Court (LAC), Judge Basheer Waglay on 19 September. Judge President Waglay confirmed that the LC is now sitting at the:

  • KwaZulu-Natal Local Division in Durban;
  • Eastern Cape Local Division in Port Elizabeth;
  • Mpumalanga Division in Nelspruit; and
  • Limpopo Division in Polokwane.

Legal practitioners are encouraged to contact the Registrar of the LC to make the necessary arrangements for suitable matters to be heard at such divisions with the aim of increasing the public’s access to the LC. The LC’s contact details are available on the website of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development at

Judge President Waglay commended legal practitioners for their courteous and respectful behaviour toward the judges in the LC, but expressed concern that, in a few instances, frivolous and inconsequential arguments have been presented by legal practitioners. Although the latter has been addressed in judgments, the Judge President requested the LSSA’s assistance in urging legal practitioners, to avoid arguing frivolous and inconsequential matters in the LC as this places an undue burden on the judicial system with miniscule impact on the parties. This meeting forms part of the LSSA’s ongoing commitment to promote accessibility of all to the courts and to enhance access to legal services.

Ricardo Wyngaard, Senior Legal Officer, Professional Affairs, Law Society of South Africa,

This article was first published in De Rebus in 2017 (Dec) DR 21.

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