As an aftermath of the sharp rise in the number of road casualties over the summer holiday season we usually have, at the beginning of the year, an upsurge of public concern over the high death toll on the roads. This is usually followed by a flood of press statements, radio interviews and public announcements by traffic experts and local legislators. It is usual, too, for each traffic authority to express his own opinion on the cause of the high number of accidents and to offer his own solution to the problem. Some blame the motorists, others the pedestrians, or the roads, the inadequacy of traffic laws, the lack of proper law enforcement, unroadworthy vehicles, speeding, alcohol or the improper issuing of licences. Some say the motorists should be better educated, others that the roads should be improved or that we need stricter laws, better law enforcement, lower speeds, more control over licences etc.
After having expressed opposition to the suggestion of fusion of the advocates' and attorneys' branches of the profession the judge said ""In forming my views on the subject I was influenced very largely by what I know about the happenings in Natal and the views expressed by eminent persons who had first-hand experience of these, such as Mr. Justice Roy Hathorn and Mr. Justice Broome - two successive Judges-President of the Natal Provincial Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa.
The case of Rockey and Witherow (Pty) Ltd. vs The Taxing Master and Another was a review of taxation that was heard by the N.P.D. and in which judgment was given by James J. P. on the 17th December, 1969. The major issues involved counsel's fees which were claimed in the Bill of Costs at R125 for a fee on brief to argue an appeal, and R90 for opposing an application for leave to appeal to the A.D. and which were allowed by the taxing master at R50 and R40 respectively, leaving the unfortunate successful litigant with attorney and client disbursements of R125 in a master in which the claim amounted to only R650.00.
Through centuries of war, social inequality and man's inhumanity to man there has been echoed the sentiment that justice should be available to all - irrespective of their financial means. No thinking person of whatever creed or political belief - however narrow or reactionary in outlook, has openly disagreed with this as a basic tenet for civilised existence.
An idea can be more powerful than an atom. Especially is this true of an idea whose time has come. The time of a world peace system built out of law will arrive in our day if we of the law profession assume adequate leadership. By providing leadership in making the time of peace under law arrive we will lift the hearts and hopes of all peoples. We will also provide for all peoples a new faith in their future for the eons of time stretching out before them.