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Sat Aug 27 19:05:39 CAT 2016

Lawyer pleads poverty after Bar expels him for not paying dues

Philani Nombembe | 06 January, 2016 00:40
Cape Bar Council chairman John Butler said Giyose had "not had [ the] right to occupy chambers" after his expulsion. File photo
Image by: Gallo Images/ Thinkstock

The Cape Bar has ordered one of its former members to vacate his law offices by the end of next week or face litigation.

The Cape Bar expelled Chumani Giyose in April last year for failing to pay his bar council dues and rent for the premises he occupied, and then failing to appear before the council.

He has appealed to the general council of the bar.

Giyose said he has been struggling to run his practice because of a crippling lack of work.

"The briefing patterns are yet to transform," said Giyose.

"I am being evicted because I don't have money.

"If we approached transformation in the right way this shouldn't be. We should all compete on an equal footing."

Cape Bar Council chairman John Butler said Giyose had "not had [ the] right to occupy chambers" after his expulsion.

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