Cape Bar Annual Dinner 4 November 2016 at the Cape Town City Hall
The GCB AGM and the AFT motion to expel the Cape Bar from the GCB.
The GCB AGM was held in Bloemfontein on 16 July 2016. The motion to expel the Cape Bar was not pursued, and the only item that was debated was whether the Cape Bar delegation was validly constituted, given that there were no AFT representatives on it. The ordinary business of the AGM was not dealt with at all. The AGM was ultimately postponed at the insistence of AFT. The AGM will now resume on 1 October 2016. It is unclear whether on that date AFT intends to pursue the motion to expel. The meeting concluded on the basis that AFT will provide its written demands to all the Bars regarding the issue of co-governance by 29 July 2016.
25 January 2016
On Friday, 22 January 2016, on the day that marked the occasion of the Day of the Endangered Lawyers in The Hague, Netherlands, South Africa saw one of its own lawyers, Nico Du Plessis attacked by a mob of angry community members outside the Nkomazi Magistrates Court in Tonga, Mpumalanga. He was attacked because he represented two men accused of kidnapping a three-year old girl, Lutricia Nkentjane on 29 November 2015.
24 November 2015
Recent media reports have highlighted the disproportionately small number of black and female senior counsel at the Cape Bar. This was one of several transformation issues addressed in the recent report of the Cape Bar’s Transformation Committee to the General Council of the Bar, dated 9 November 2015.
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