KZN attorney struck off roll for theft

2016-03-01 10:18


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Pietermaritzburg - A Durban attorney has been struck off the roll after she was accused of stealing money from a homeless man.

The file indicating that Subashnie Moodley had been struck off was brought to the Pietermaritzburg high court on Monday after Judge Anton van Zyl and Judge Daya Pillay reserved judgment earlier this month.

The KZN Law Society began an inquiry after Theodore Minnie’s ex-wife, Rebecca Gengan (with whom Minnie had a child) complained about Moodley’s alleged conduct.

The Law Society alleged that Moodley, who claims she “borrowed” a substantial part of the R560 000 payout by the Road Accident Fund to Minnie in 2013, behaved improperly and that she ought to be struck off the roll of attorneys. Minnie since died in a fire and it subsequently emerged that Moodley was made the sole beneficiary of his will, but she said in an affidavit in her last court appearance that she had relinquished her claim to the estate. She was struck off the roll of attorneys on account of her not being “fit and proper” to practise as an attorney.

Pillay wrote in the judgment that Moodley’s conduct, both in taking advantage of a vulnerable client as well as her responses to the complaints, was open to criticism.

“Such conduct demonstrates lack of judgment, integrity and insight on the part of [Moodley]. But underlying these is also a pervasive character defect,” wrote Pillay.


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