The recent readmission of Seth Nthai as an advocate has upset the General Council of the Bar, Johannesburg and Pretoria societies of advocates and the Legal Practice Council, some of which are appealing against his readmission to the bar. Their attitude is that he is not a fit and proper person to be readmitted because he was involved in a bribery scandal in 2010.

Despite Nthai’s remorse, detailed in his application for readmission before the high court in Limpopo, Nthai accepted that his “unethical conduct betrayed the confidence and trust placed upon him by the government of this country”. Although Nthai received no oney from the attempted bribe, he apologised “extravagantly” (the judges’ words) and was supported in his application by eminent human rights lawyer George Bizos, who confirmed his suitability for readmission in an affidavit...

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