EFF: ANC suffers from ‘slave mentality’

2015-11-04 09:36
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. Picture: Felix Dlangamandla/Foto24

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. Picture: Felix Dlangamandla/Foto24

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The plight of black lawyers in South Africa was one of the key demonstrations that the ANC government suffers “from slave mentality”, EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has said.

Ndlozi was speaking in Parliament yesterday during the process of adopting the Budget Review and Recommendation Reports (BRRR) of various Parliament portfolio committees.

He said the EFF supports the resolution by the Johannesburg Bar to force attorneys to brief black advocates. Government was well known to brief white lawyers all the time and argued that it was about experience, Ndlozi said.

“Yet in cases in the fields of constitutional and competition law, the majority if not all which involve the state, the government continues to brief white lawyers. This is despite the fact that constitutional and competition laws are post-1994 fields,” he said.

“This is proof of the crippling psyche of the ANC suffering from slave mentality.”

Ndlozi said the tendency “to always brief white lawyers” reflected on the government leaders who do not think blacks are competent in their own jobs. “If you did, you would believe that black lawyers are also competent,” he said.

The ACDP’s Steve Swart begged to differ, stating that as far as the briefing patterns were concerned 76% of the briefs by government went to black lawyers.

Swart was supported by ANC MP Mathole Motshekga who said the majority of the briefs go to black lawyers, and that the matter was also being addressed with regards to the implementation of the Legal Practice Bill.

“We are happy when it comes to the transformative agenda led by the justice ministry,” said Motshekga.

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