oa Advocate - Unfair attack on advocates' profession: The true picture

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8743



After going to press a rather disturbing and totally unfair editorial on the advocates' profession appeared in the Sunday Times of 17 March 1991. Reactions to the editorial in the form of letters were sent to the Editor of the Sunday Times by Milton Seligson SC, Chairman of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa, JF Myburgh SC, Chairman of the Johannesburg Bar Council and Brian Southwood SC , Chairman of the Pretoria Bar in full in the Sunday Times of 24 March 1991 and a shortened version of Seligson's letter appeared in the same issue of this newspaper. Southwood's letter was returned by the Editor together with a note stating that the length of the letter is ""simply unmanageable in a newspaper"" . Since the editorial is assailable in so many important respects and since it undeservedly casts a shadow over our profession, it is considered to be in the public interest that Seligson's and Southwood's letters also be published in toto so that our readers can judge for themselves.

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