Error of judgment permits disrobed lawyer to strike back

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Error of judgment permits disrobed lawyer to strike back

SCA finds no evidence attorney, struck off roll for dishonesty, personally stole trust fund money

Cape Town bureau chief

A judge’s error has handed a fragile lifeline to an attorney struck off the roll for dishonesty.

Yolandi Hewetson, from Welkom, had to hang up her robes in January 2018 when the Free State high court said she had borrowed R300,000 from a trust fund without her client’s permission.

A Supreme Court of Appeal judgment last week sent the matter back to the high court, saying the money was borrowed by Hewetson’s ex-husband and business partner, Alexander, who was also struck off...

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