As Women’s Month draws to a close, the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) adds its voice to the outcry condemning all forms of violence against women, which appears to have escalated to unprecedented levels in our country.
The media and social media channels have been replete with reports of rape, assaults, sexual harassment and murder of women, often by intimate partners, in the home or in the workplace. As others have done, we call on law enforcement and prosecution agencies to act swiftly and decisively to bring perpetrators to book so that justice is not only done but is also seen to be done.
‘From the side of the LSSA, we will call on the statutory regulatory bodies, the four provincial law societies, to undertake a review of the rules of professional conduct as well as the procedures related to these, to ensure that all practitioners, but particularly women attorneys and candidate attorneys, find a sensitive and supportive environment when reporting any form of abuse to the law societies,’ say LSSA Co-Chairpersons, Walid Brown and David Bekker.
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE CO-CHAIRPERSONS OF THE LAW SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA, WALID BROWN AND DAVID BEKKER
by the Law Society of South Africa Communication Department
Contact: Barbara Whittle, Communication Manager, barbara@LSSA.org.za
(012) 366 8800 or 083 380 1307
Nomfundo Manyathi-Jele, Communications Officer, nomfundom@LSSA.org.za
(012) 366 8800 or 072 402 6344.