SA Black Lawyers Cry Foul Over Unequal Pay With Whites
Just when the SA government is fighting hard to strike a balance between the White and Black citizens, especially at in the public sectors, a report has it that the SA black lawyers are still paid lower than their white colleagues.
Black lawyers in the Law Society of South Africa have raised an alarm that SA black lawyers are still paid lower than their white and Indian advocates in government departments and state-owned entities.
According to the SA Black Lawyers Association general secretary, Baitseng Rangata, the weight in the legal profession is distributed unevenly.
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Rangata further mentioned of the fact that high profile cases in the Constitutional Court are handled by white advocates gives an impression that only whites lawyers are smarter than the rest.
“I don’t blame our counterparts, it is about those that are responsible, the biggest consumer of legal services. Our government has the biggest responsibility to bring us into the arena” Rangata said, pointing out that 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.
Based on this inequality, the SA Black Lawyers Association said 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. We are here, we have the same training, we are equally smart, give us work.” Rangata
President Jacob Zuma’s administration had made known his intentions to redistribute wealth equally among all SA citizens through his radical economic transformation policy.
This, according to the presidency would help reduce the country’s poverty rate in great measures. And, to ensure this, the Deputy President and presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa said Land must be returned to its rightful owners.
“There is still poverty: I could see it driving to this hall… In the phase we are in, Oliver Tambo memory calls upon us to do something. In doing something it means that we must ensure that our people are totally free and that is economic freedom.
“We must embark on a process of radical socioeconomic freedom. The wealth of this country must be shared… That will happen whether some people like it or not.” Ramaphosa said at the cadres’ forum in the Sarah Baartman region
“We must embark on a process of radical socioeconomic freedom. The wealth of this country must be shared… That will happen whether some people like it or not.” Ramaphosa said at the cadres’ forum in the Sarah Baartman region.
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Given that employment is the main bridge between economic growth and higher living standards, a positive employment environment is a key requirement for sustainable social transformation in South Africa
However, as the government gives its best in achieving a drastically reduced unemployment rate, it is therefore pertinent that all citizens receive what they deserve as pay, not minding their racial difference.