PMB lawyer Hoosen Jasat dies after 18-year coma

2014-08-08 00:00

A PROMINENT Pietermaritzburg lawyer, Hoosen Jasat (70), died in his sleep at his home in Mountain Rise on Tuesday.

He had been in a coma for 18 years after suffering a stroke.

Born in Pietermaritzburg, after qualifying as a lawyer, Jasat became a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn in London in 1968.

On his return to South Africa, he had to write the statute law examination for admission of advocates — a requirement for people who qualified overseas.

He served his articles with the late Pierre Odendaal, in the capital.

In 1975, he commenced practise with his brother, Farouk (Jasat & Jasat), who is also a well-known personality in the law fraternity.

Jasat was a noted lawyer in the field of civil litigation at which he excelled.

Tragedy struck in July 1996 when he suffered a stroke and went into a coma until his death on Tuesday.

Jasat was among the first Indian lawyers in the city, practising alongside the likes of the late S.G.Moodley, the late D.S.Maharaj and the late Kader Hassim.

He married Kogie Jasat in 1960, who died in August 2012.

Jasat is survived by his only daughter Soraya, who together with his two nieces Nadira and Farzana, cared for him during his illness, as well as his elder brother Farouk.

Farouk, who was close to Jasat, is grateful to friends who visited his late brother for almost 18 years after his stroke. At the time Jasat was 52 years old.

Jasat expressed disappointment that the Professional Provident Society Cover had only provided cover for his brother up to the age of 65, after which his care became the responsibility of the family.

He said lawyers should look into this system.

One of his colleagues, Siva Chetty, paid tribute to Hoosen Jasat.

“Hoosen Jasat was a popular and highly respected attorney in KwaZulu-Natal. He specialised not only in criminal, but civil work. While being a fiery attorney in court, he was well-respected by all his colleagues.

“The manner in which he handled his matters made him an example to his contemporaries. I, as a younger attorney, learnt a lot from him and worked closely with him in many civil matters. He always had time to talk, was greatly loved by his staff and highly regarded by both magistrates and judges alike,.” said Chetty.

“The tragedy that befell him many years ago resulted in a loss to the legal profession in Pietermaritzburg. His passing away has left a void in the legal fraternity,” he added.

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