Law firm distances itself from Lerlin Goss

2016-04-21 10:00
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Pietermaritzburg - A Pietermaritzburg law firm on Wednesday distanced itself from serial fraud accused Lerlin Goss, saying their employee, Mlungisi Mbokazi, does not represent her.

The Witness reported yesterday that Mbokazi on Tuesday told a Pietermaritzburg magistrate that he could not continue to represent Goss because of a conflict of interest and said that his reasons for this remain “privileged”.

Responding to the article, Surendra Singh and Associates said Mbokazi was not at court to represent Goss and was representing another client when Goss appeared at the same court.

“Whilst he [Mbokazi] was seated in court, the matter of Lerlin Goss was called up and when she was asked whether she had a lawyer, she pointed to Mbokazi,” the firm said.

“Mbokazi had to attend to other remands hence from time to time he had to leave the court and return.”

The firm said when Goss’s matter came up, Mbokazi was “very emphatic” in saying he was not instructed to act for her.

“However, the magistrate kept Mbokazi’s name on record until Goss found new legal representation. This was done against Mbokazi’s will,” the firm said.

Goss was due to stand trial after she was arrested in December last year for allegedly conning a Pietermaritzburg company out of two air-conditioning units.

Earlier this year, when The Witness exposed Goss for running an allegedly sham church known as Grace Divine Ministries, Mbokazi called and threatened to sue The Witness and then later claimed he could not remember making the phone call.

It is believed Mbokazi was referring to this when citing the conflict of interest.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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