Constitutionality of precluding certain people from working as attorneys: Isaac Moselana

This week The Constitutional Court held that a section of the Legal Practice is not unconstitutional to the extent that it precludes persons who are neither citizens of or permanent residents in South Africa from being enrolled as legal practitioners. In a case between Relebohile Rafoneke and Others v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Others, the Constitutional Court held that the reservation of the right to freedom of trade to citizens, as contained in section 22 of the Constitution does not infringe on the right to equality. But if you enjoy the right to work and live in the country under another dispensation beyond citizenship and residency status, is this concourt ruling fair. I spoke to attorney Isaac Moselana who told me this case wasn’t as simple at it seemed.

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