Attorneys' scammed clients paid out

2012-12-09 16:21

Johannesburg - More than R100m has been paid out to clients who were cheated by their attorneys between January and October this year, the Sunday Independent reported.

"For 10 months of 2012, we have already paid R104m, and it's going up," Motlatsi Molefe, CEO of the Attorneys' Fidelity Fund, told the newspaper.

If this trend continued, the fund could pay out as much as R150m by the end of the year, he said.

Molefe said the fund was concerned by the increasing number of claims resulting from money disappearing from attorneys' trust accounts.

Bridging conveyance funds related to property transactions were most often stolen, followed by Road Accident Fund claims and deceased estates.

As a result, the fund had now set up a forensic unit to investigate, the newspaper reported.

  • bongani.zwane.37625 - 2012-12-09 16:33

    is these kind of ppl dat make our profession look like a dirty game....I think they should b ripped off their certificates...

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-12-09 16:39

      As well as the people that cannot type english with the correct spelling, especially in open forums like news comments. You for instance, please if you are an attorney as you try to bullsh#t the others here on news24, use better english.

      stuartgrantferguson - 2012-12-09 17:07

      Tisk, tisk... Perhaps a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

      makarapakaplan - 2012-12-09 17:26

      All lawyers are rubbish crooks, they say they can fix your problem no matter what it is and then they do nothing and have the audacity to bill!!!

      shaun.miekle - 2012-12-09 18:29


  • jakalas.kruger - 2012-12-09 16:33

    And they are not even the most corrupt ones, the most corrupt is the debt collectors where the charge a poor person R5000,00 to collect a debt of R400, Riaan Oosthuysen from Ossthuysen Prokureurs in Pretoria.

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-12-09 16:38

    I agree debt collectors should be investigated. They buy debts from companies paying bribes to empoyees of companies

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-12-09 16:39

    I agree debt collectors should be investigated. They buy debts from companies paying bribes to empoyees of companies

  • oliver.lankes.3 - 2012-12-09 17:52

    Definition of a lawyer: Somebody who fights for your estate and then keeps it for himself

  • Azwihangwisi - 2012-12-09 18:13


  • Eric - 2012-12-09 18:51

    I feel so despondent, and fear for the future of this country, if something isn't done about corruption. It is so prevalent in all spheres of life, by all race groups, from the ordinary man in the street to the highest office in the land. I had such high hopes during Mr.Mandela's time in office. But since his retirement things have gone from bad to worse. I feel sure that if he made his voice heard he could still make a difference, and lift this despondency from me!

  • Strikeback - 2012-12-09 21:16

    Lawyers are as likable as politicians and slightly more honest. At least they streal from their own clients, politicians steal from anyone.

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