Legal: Crooked attorney faces contempt case

2008-10-24 00:00

A Durban man who continued to practise as an attorney despite being suspended is to be arrested and face a charge of contempt in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Judges Nic van der Reyden and Gregory Kruger yesterday ordered Luvuyo Malcolm Thomas, now of King William’s Town, to be brought to court within 168 hours, where he must show why he shall not be held in contempt of court for continuing to work as an attorney. If convicted, he will go to prison for as long as the high court decides.

Colin Rees, manager of regulatory affairs of the KZN Law Society, alleges that Thomas misappropriated at least R164 550 from his trust account.

Thomas was suspended from practice by the Pietermaritzburg High Court in August 2005.

He went to the Eastern Cape where he became a senior state attorney. As the government learnt of his past, he resigned in 2007.

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