|It is with great sadness that the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) learns of the death of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) and Director of the LSSA’s Legal Education and Development (LEAD) Dr. Nic Swart. Nic passed away in the early hours of this morning in Gaborone, Botswana where he was attending a SADC Lawyers conference.
Nic was passionate about transformation and development of the profession, especially the development of female and young lawyers. NADEL has throughout the years partnered with Nic in various development projects both within the LSSA and LEAD. Our latest joint project was the Judicial Skills Training Project. One recalls while working on this project, his disappointment at the low number of females who had registered to attend the course. We sat and strategized on ways to improve female attendance. He understood and fully and shared our vision that transformation of the profession was going to have to be intentional and that there was still a lot of hard work to be done in order to achieve it.
His high level of skills, efficiency and compassion made working with him an absolute pleasure. The work he has done in the LSSA and LEAD is truly appreciated. The legal profession is indebted to him for his dedication and sacrifice.
We pass our deepest and most sincere condolences to the staff of the LSSA and LEAD, his friends and family, your loss is also our loss. We wish NIC eternal rest and will miss him dearly.
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEMOCRATIC LAWYERS (NADEL), SOUTH AFRICA.