Mvuzo Notyesi and Ettienne Barnard
Mvuzo Notyesi (left) and Ettienne Barnard were elected as Co-Chairpersons of the Law Society of South Africa on 22 March 2018.
About the Co-Chairpersons
Human rights lawyer and activist, Mvuzo Notyesi is the President of the National Association of democratic Lawyers (Nadel). He holds the BProc and LLB degrees from the University of Transkei, was admitted as an attorney in 1999 after completing his articles and attending the LSSA’s School for Legal Practice in East London. He has practised as director at Mvuzo Notyesi Incorporated since 1999 in Mthatha.
He serves the public as a Commissioner of the Small Claims Court and has assisted in the development of free manuals, on-line resources and an app on the Small Claims Court. He serves the profession as a Council and Management Committee member of the LSSA, and as a member of its Small Claims Courts Committee. Mr Barnard also contributed to the Small Claims Court Joint Venture Committee with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and Western Cape universities, and as a member of the Western Cape Advisory Committee to Sheriffs’ Board and Justice Minister regarding the appointment of sheriffs.
In the field of skills development, Mr Barnard is a mentor of young legal practitioners and has participated as a moot court judge in local and international Moot Court Competitions. He is an educator at heart and in addition to presenting practical training, drafts and lectures in court practice, commercial subjects and practice management for the LSSA Legal Education and Development (LEAD) division, he has chaired and held executive or other positions on the governing bodies of local and regional community organisations.