The general meeting was held at Sun City on Saturday 18 November 2017 and commenced with a keynote address by the Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema. Politics aside, a common thread of the speech was the need for equality and non-discrimination in the legal fraternity as well as the importance of access to justice for all members of society regardless of class or economic standing. An essential element of such access to justice was emphasized with great energy as being an access to good quality lawyers or as Mr Malema put it “the best of the best”. A further address by the recently appointed Honourable Judge President of the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court of South Africa, Judge Legodi echoed these statements.
Following his impassioned address, it was with pride that I accepted an award on behalf of the CDH Pro Bono Practice. This award was conferred on CDH for its contribution to the Law Society pro bono scheme and acknowledges our Pro Bono Practice’s tireless efforts and dedication to the needs of society. It also acknowledges the significant contribution made by many other members of the firm who generously contribute valuable time and energy to pro bono matters and causes.
The Pro Bono Practice must be congratulated for its recognition as being amongst the “best of the best”.
Written by: Maud Hill