Attorney Paul David commemorates 50 years

2018-03-14 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedPaul David (seated centre) with some of his many candidates.

PHOTO: suppliedPaul David (seated centre) with some of his many candidates.

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PROMINENT KwaDukuza attorney Paul David commemorated 50 years in the practice of law last week.

David, well known for his contribution, both as an attorney and a political activist, was honoured at a dinner with family, friends and colleagues last Friday night.

Guest speaker Judge Thumba Pillay shared with the guests his experiences with David over the years.

“True to tradition, Paul has devoted the better part of his life to the cause of the poor, the marginalised and the historically disenfranchised. We have worked together as lawyers, political activists, allies and activists in innumerable political campaigns, and even as prison inmates.

“In all the years I have known him, having met him for the first time through his more famous sister Phyllis Naidoo, I have never known him to shy away from any challenge; whatever the odds, which is probably the reason why he never amassed wealth or was able to lead the lifestyle which so characterises much of today’s legal practitioners.”

Pillay spoke of the role David played in KZN and nationally in the Free Mandela Campaign, which he said has largely gone unrecognised.

“His participation in the occupation of the British Consulate, which focused attention on apartheid South Africa’s draconian security legislation; his role in the Natal Indian Congress, the UDF, the ANC, the Democratic Lawyers’ Association, and various NGOs and civil society movements, are far too many to mention here.

“With the proverbial last kick of the dying horse, he recently took on big business here in Stanger in pursuance of a life-long commitment to make South Africa a better place for all, not just for the benefit of the few.

“Apart from the countless meetings, protests and court appearances spanning some 50 years, Paul and I spent some time in prison together, all of 38 years ago.

“And I can tell you that the ‘David presence’ made life in prison that much more tolerable, so much so that despite the trauma of being cut off from family and friends, we can both look back at that experience, even with some amusement.

“That activists and colleagues in the profession should organise this get-together to honour him on his 50th year in practice speaks volumes for the respect that he has so justly earned.

“I am honoured and privileged to have been invited to share this milestone occasion with you,” said Pillay in his speech.

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