Neumann van Rooyen's candidate attorneys was admitted as an attorney by the
High Court in Bloemfontein recently. This took me back to 2014 when I
myself was admitted.
I still remember the message bestowed upon the few nervous applicants, by the
then acting Judge Mbhele. "Do
not forget the people who sacrificed to enable you to stand before this Court
today, to be admitted as an attorney and always safe guard the rule of
Upon celebrating the momentous achievement of our newest attorney, I
found myself taken back to these wise words and re-assessing my professional
career for the past couple of years, and measuring myself to the words
of Judge Mbhele.
I remember the reasons why, despite all logic, I took the step and became an
attorney. To protect the rule of law and to assist clients in need.
I had the recent displeasure in
assisting a client during a tribunal hearing with a certain insurance company
in terms of the Coida Act. As a practicing attorney in various forums,
including the High Court and CCMA, I was appalled by the great injustice
towards the client in tribunal due to the lack of impartiality of the Tribunal
members, to name just one.
Today I am once again reminded that we, as attorneys, took an oath to
* Protect the rule of law as
office bearers of the court,
* Assist the court in
interpreting the law
* Not manipulate the law to
suit our client and
* Protect the interest of our clients by being
honest, trustworthy and knowledgeable.
I truly believe in our justice system, particularly the Constitution and the
rights contained in the Bill of Rights and am often enraged and saddened by the
injustice that happens in various legal forums.
Without the rule of law our communities and country will plunge into total
anarchy.We as officers of the court must protect the rule of law, as we once
promised when being admitted as young starry eyed attorneys.