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Joburg Bar finds Dali Mpofu guilty of professional misconduct

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Joburg Bar finds Dali Mpofu guilty of professional misconduct

The advocates’ society has invited him to respond within five days on what an appropriate penalty would be

Franny Rabkin

Dali Mpofu SC has five days to address the Johannesburg Society of Advocates (JSA) on what type of disciplinary action should be taken against him after he said at the state capture inquiry that his colleague, Michelle le Roux, should “shut up”.

Mpofu was found guilty of breaching Rule 4.12 of the General Council of the Bar’s Uniform Rules of Ethics. It says: “Whatever may be the ill-feeling existing between clients it should not be allowed to influence counsel in their conduct and demeanour towards each other … All personalities between counsel should be scrupulously avoided.”

During the state capture commission’s proceedings on March 23 last year, when Le Roux was re-examining her client, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan, Mpofu tried to object...

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