BLA pleased with Zuma response following Union Buildings march

President Zuma has directed Minister Michael Masutha to address the concerns raised by the association.

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JOHANNESBURG – The Black Lawyers Association (BLA) says it welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s response to their concerns following a march to the Union Buildings.

Zuma has directed the Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha to address the concerns raised by the association.

BLA marched to the president’s office on Friday raising, among others, its dissatisfaction on the lack of representation of black lawyers and women legal practitioners in the state’s briefing patterns and distribution of legal work.

President Zuma has also encouraged all arms of state and spheres of government to prioritise and empower black lawyers, particularly women.

The association’s president Lutendo Sigogo says: “We feel happy about it as they are taking us seriously but we know that the response is not the full response that we want from them. We want a full investigation and also to hear what the ministry of justice is going to do about it, and we will engage them further from there.”