PRETORIA, President Jacob Zuma has directed the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, to attend to the concerns raised by members of South Africa’s Black Lawyers Association (BLA) during their protest march here last Friday.
Amongst the issues raised by the BLA was its dissatisfaction on the lack of representation of black lawyers and women legal practitioners in the country’s briefing patterns and distribution of legal work.
We take the concerns raised by the Black Lawyers Association very seriously and we genuinely understand their concerns. In this regard, I have directed the Minister of Justice and Correctional Service to look into the challenges raised by the association and give me a report,” President Zuma said.
We also encourage all arms of state and all spheres of government to prioritize and empower black lawyers, particularly women.”
He said the legal fraternity was one of the key sectors that the government was targeting as part of the country’s radical socio-economic transformation programme in order to correct the uneven and unequal racial and gender representation in key sectors of society and in the economy.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK