Law Society congratulates Springboks on Rugby World Cup victory

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) would like to congratulate the Springboks in their 2019 Rugby World Cup win.

The Springboks became Rugby World Cup champions after defeating England 32-12 in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday 2 November.

‘The Boks, led by captain, Siya Kolisi and coach, Rassie Erasmus, not only won the World Cup, but also united our country. What a beautiful sight to see our rainbow nation stand together!’ The euphoria created by the sterling performance of the Boks have brought people of different races, cultures and walks of life together and united them for a common purpose,’ says LSSA President, Mvuzo Notyesi.

He adds: ‘The whole team played exceptionally well. We would also like to congratulate Makazole Mapimpi for making history by becoming the first Springbok player to score a try in a Rugby World Cup final. We would also like to specifically mention Rassie Erasmus, who prepared the team under difficult conditions and circumstances. He demonstrated commitment to transform the rugby environment whilst focussing on talent. He focused on constitutional values, which demand equal opportunities and realising the potential of all South Africans. His ‘Coach of the Year’ award is very well deserved. We also extend our congratulations to the technical support team – operating in the background – that worked with the Springboks.’

Siya Kolisi became the third Springbok captain to lift the Webb Ellis Cup. The other two captains that led the Springboks to victory are Francois Pienaar and John Smith. This third World Cup title draws the Springboks level with the All Blacks for the most Rugby World Cup victories. Siya Kolisi is the first black captain in the world, to lead a team to a world cup victory.

‘We wish to express our gratitude to all Springbok fans across the globe for their loyal and passionate support to the team throughout the various stages of the Rugby World Cup. This is the motivation and inspiration they needed to be crowned world champions. The victory challenges all South Africans to work together for our country,’ concludes Mr Notyesi.

LSSA Communications:
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Editor’s note:

The Law Society of South Africa brings together its constituent members – the Black Lawyers Association, the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and the provincial attorneys’ associations – in representing South Africa’s 27 200 attorneys and 6 600 candidate

Law Society saddened at death of Eastern Cape attorney, Gordon Pope

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) is saddened at the untimely passing of King Williams Town attorney and legal education instructor, Gordon Pope, on 24 October 2019 at the age of 53.

Gordon’s passion was the legal profession and from the start he was involved with the Cape Law Society and the King Williams Town Attorney’s Association. He was currently serving as a member of the newly formed Legal Practice Council.

‘As we acknowledge Gordon’s contribution to the profession, we also acknowledge the immense loss to his firm, clients, and mostly to his family. We extend the condolences of the attorneys’ profession to his wife Helen Pope, and his children Emma and Jack,’ says LSSA President, Mvuzo Notyesi.

Gordon was born in Cape Town on 13 February 1966. He attended a local primary school and then spent his high school years as a boarder at Grey High School in Port Elizbeth where he matriculated in 1983. As was the custom for young men at the time, Gordon had to do two years military service. He attained the rank of corporal.

Gordon attained his BA in 1988 and his LLB in 1991. He served his articles at Barnes and Ross (now Smith Tabata) in King Williams Town and was admitted as an attorney in March 1994. After 16 years with Smith Tabata, Gordon started his own law practice in 2009 and Pope Attorneys celebrated their tenth anniversary in June this year.

For the last number of years Gordon lectured at the University of Fort Hare and was an instructor at the LSSA Schools for Legal Education since 2005. He had a passion to teach candidate attorneys and was a strong advocate for the Schools for Legal Practice.

Gordon believed in skills development in the younger generation of attorneys and put these beliefs into action via his presenting of vocational training to others. He set an example to practitioners and remained faithful to these beliefs until the very end. In this way he contributed to access of the public to quality legal services.

He suffered a stroke while training and imparting knowledge to others. The profession salutes him.


LSSA provincial attorneys’ associations establishment meetings

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) is currently busy with a drive across the country to establish provincial LSSA attorneys’ associations in all 9 provinces as set out in the LSSA constitution. The aim is to encourage the existing structures to be part of the LSSA provincial structures.

In order to gain a better understanding of your needs, please put aside time to attend the establishment meetings across the country as it is a critical step in the establishment of the attorney’s associations so that the LSSA can establish a body that best represents you.

The first such meeting was held in the Eastern Cape, in East London and was attended by some 70 practitioners. It was a fruitful meeting as the LSSA got buy in from the Eastern Cape attorneys. The LSSA will be having a follow up meeting there in the first week of November.

The date of the other establishment meetings are outlined below. All meetings will be held at 16h30 unless otherwise advised.

Limpopo – Thursday 24 October
Bloemfontein – Friday 25 October
Mpumalanga (Nelspruit) – Tuesday 29 October
Northern Cape (Kimberly) – Thursday 31 October
Western Cape (Cape Town) – Thursday 7 November
KwaZulu- Natal (Durban) – Friday 14 November
North West – Tuesday 19 November (Hunters Rest)

To prepare for the meeting, read the LSSA constitution and our value-add document. Also read the news article on the inaugural LSSA attorneys’ association establishment meeting.