Black advocates are still paid lower than their white counterparts - BLA

The Law Society of South Africa says it’s found that government departments and state owned entities are still paying white and Indian advocates more money than black advocates.

Black Lawyers Association general secretary, Baitseng Rangata, says the weight in the legal profession is distributed unevenly.

She says the fact that high profile cases in the Constitutional Court are handled by white advocates gives an impression that whites are the smarter ones.

I don't blame our counterparts, it is about those that are responsible, the biggest consumer of legal services.

Baitseng Rangata, Black Lawyers Association general secretary

Our government has the biggest responsibility to bring us into the arena.

Baitseng Rangata, Black Lawyers Association general secretary

I don't blame the profession. It is properly regulated. The consumers of the legal services - the government being the biggest consumer, has the biggest responsibility to ensure that the legal profession is equally attributed.

Baitseng Rangata, Black Lawyers Association general secretary

The Black Lawyers Association says it will be embarking on a march to the Union Buildings on 14 July.

Enough is enough. For what it's worth we are going to go out of our offices, we are launching into a march.

Baitseng Rangata, Black Lawyers Association general secretary

We are here, we have the same training , we are equally smart, give us work.

Baitseng Rangata, Black Lawyers Association general secretary

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