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legalaidsaThe Citizen reports that the wheels of justice could grind to a halt countrywide if a brewing national strike at Legal Aid SA is not averted.  

Grievances relate to a lack of security at the public legal agency’s offices, debilitating workloads and bullying.  Following years of fruitless engagements with management, aggrieved workers – including lawyers and support staff – fired the first salvo last year when they obtained a strike certificate from the CCMA.  As part of the picketing rules agreed upon with the employer building up to a full-blown strike, workers were due on Tuesday to hold demonstrations at the agency’s Braamfontein offices.  On Monday the agency confirmed that chief executive officer Vidhu Vedalankar would accept a memorandum of grievances from the workers, with timeframes for a response.  Legal Aid SA provides legal services in criminal and civil matters for those earning between below R8,000, and receives funding from parliament.  The agency has 64 local offices, six provincial offices, and one national office.  According to a lawyer at the forefront of the action, 80% of accused in all cases before courts were defended by the agency, so no court would operate during the strike.

  • Read the full original of Sipho Mabena’s report on the looming strike at The Citizen

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