Former cop reaches his goal

2018-07-11 06:00
Preggy Naicker with his wife Radha outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court.PHOTO: supplied

Preggy Naicker with his wife Radha outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court.PHOTO: supplied

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FIVE and a half years of studying while working, and then another two doing his articles, has finally paid off for ex-policeman Preggy Naicker, who was admitted as an attorney by the Pietermaritzburg High Court in June this year.

Previously, a cop who dealt extensively with high profile cases such as corruption and fraud, Naicker was always intrigued by the law, having been in and out of court on a daily basis, and eventually decided to study law through Unisa.

“It has been a long journey, having to work and study has not been easy.

“I have been working, tending to my family and then going straight to the books since embarking on this journey and were it not for my wife and family I would not have made it,” said Naicker, who credits his accomplishment to his wife for always staying up late with him and supporting him.

In 2015, after completing his degree, Naicker made the life changing decision to resign from his high ranking position as an officer in order to complete his articles and complete his dream of becoming an attorney.

“It was a really big decision for me, especially because of the downgrade in pay, but I was lucky to have my pension fund as well as my wife who supported me throughout everything,” said Naicker.

Naicker also stated that there was no scope in the police force for his degree, which was one of the main factors for resigning — a decision which he does not regret.

“It was a big leap for me but I do not regret it.

“This year I was finally able to reach my goal of becoming an attorney, a day which I will not forget,” said Naicker.

No stranger to the court, Naicker said that the scenery is familiar but the motives for him being there have changed somewhat.

“Before, I was putting people away day in and day out but now I sometimes find myself defending people, trying to get them out of sticky situations instead of putting them in one,” said Naicker.

Naicker said that his experience as a policeman have aided him in understanding cases better and in defending his clients to a greater degree.

Now a partner at Mahomed Beni and Associates, Naicker said that not much has changed in terms of his work ethic.

“I have always been one to bring my work home and now not much has changed besides the influx of work,” said Naicker.

Leaving some parting wisdom for those wanting to pursue a career as an attorney, Naicker said that a lot of studying and reading was necessary for the job and that only those dedicated to their trade would excel.

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