A whitewashed profession

2013-04-21 10:00

Black legal professionals will continue to be sidelined if transformation is not an imperative

Managa Ndwakhulu


It is with great sadness and anger that I write this letter. As a law graduate, one would presume it is easy to get employment, but it’s difficult for a black law graduate to kick-start a legal career.

The South African legal system is a white man’s puppet, controlled in a manner prejudicial to a black law graduate with ambition.

This conduct by white legal practitioners leaves one with the conclusion it is tantamount to racism. Black legal practitioners are comfortable with taking black law graduates under their wings for guidance to express the harsh and daunting realities of the profession.

One of these is how government and the corporate world commonly prefer white attorneys. But government and the corporate world are condoning and abetting racist conduct.

In order to have less criticism from realists like myself, government must, by removing Afrikaans as a court language, erase the perception that it condones the unfairness of the legal profession.

Afrikaner-led law firms exploit this lacuna by making it a requirement to speak Afrikaans fluently.

The older generation failed us, and the younger generation fails us by not having enough courage to challenge this conduct and request its abandonment.

»?Ndwakhulu is from Muraleni in Limpopo and has studied at the University of Venda

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