During the recent election process and leading up to the election of the council members of the Legal Practice Council, the constituent members of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) released lists of their preferred candidates for election.
We, the non-BLA, non-Nadel council members of the LSSA Council, included names of Black Lawyers Association (BLA) and National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Nadel) members on our preferred list. It has been brought to our attention that this may have been perceived to have been divisive. For this we offer an unconditional apology. Going forward into the new dispensation the constituent members of the LSSA commit to engaging with one another with mutual respect and in the true spirit of openness and inclusivity for the benefit of the legal profession.
Statement issued by the non-BLA, non-Nadel council members of the Council of the Law Society of South Africa.