President Zuma of South Africa calls for more access to justice and diversity in the legal profession

September 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

South African President, Jacob Zuma, called for measures which can ensure the poor access to justice in the country which is torn by social conflicts. At the general meeting of the Johannesburg Attorney Association he declared:

“We are all seized with the matter of how to make our courts more accessible to the poor. Simply put, how do we make it easy for people who live far from the cities or who cannot afford to pay for justice, to obtain justice.”

Furthermore, Zuma cited some worrying proportions. Of the 2384 members of the Bar 1733 (73%) are white. Only 24% are female. Out of the 21,007 practising attorneys 13,643 (65%) are white.

Read more about Jacob Zuma and access to justice here

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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, South Africa.

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