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A foreign lawyer in Zimbabwe can practice, if there is a “reciprocal arrangement says Simba Chitando

Though Pierre de Vos, constitution expert, is criticising the ConCourt ruling prohibiting non-citizens from working as legal practitioners in South Africa. Dali Mpofu said the judgments at the courts are opinions. So, a person's fate lies at the hands of the judge's opinion. So with the ruling that Foreigners can't practice law in South Africa, where does this leave Simba Chitando with his law firm that is representing Zimbabweans who are facing deportation in South Africa. Simba took to Twitter to defend himself


simba chitando


@simbachitando

The key being “reciprocal arrangements”. A foreign lawyer in Zimbabwe can practice, if there is a “reciprocal arrangement”. Many foreign based lawyers have appeared in Zimbabwean Courts.

He was asked to name the lawyers from South Africa who have practiced in a Zimbabwean Court? The last time they tried to do that Mpofu and Ngcukaitobi were unceremoniously chucked out of Zimbabwe, and obviously a hypocrite like yourself said nothing at the time.


Lefa 


@lefamorobe

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You are right. It is done in terms of law and non of those laws say a foreigner can be a permanent member of law councils of affected nations. The law allows for appearances; Not permanent membership to nation state law councils. A good lawyer ought to know such basics.

However, the admission of foreign lawyers in our country is conditional to a reciprocal agreement with their countries of origin.

https://mobile.twitter.com/simbachitando/status/1556880882547425280

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