Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
2 minute read
20 Dec 2021
6:55 am

Lesotho law students who studied in SA take fight to practise to ConCourt

Bernadette Wicks

The Legal Practice Act is aimed at protecting South Africans and permanent residents from any competition with foreigners.

The Constitutional Court is set to kick the new year off with an important case for South Africa’s legal profession, centred on whether foreign nationals should be allowed to practice as lawyers here. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks

The Constitutional Court is set to kick the new year off with an important case for South Africa’s legal profession, centred on whether foreign nationals should be allowed to practise as lawyers here. In September, the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein declared as unconstitutional and invalid Section 24(2) of the Legal Practice Act (LPA) – which states that “a person may only practise as a legal practitioner if he or she is admitted and enrolled to practise as such in terms of this Act”; and that “the high court must admit to practise and authorise to be enrolled as...