The Black Lawyers Association says that it is dissatisfied with the lack of representation of black lawyers and women legal practitioners in the State’s briefing patterns and distribution of legal work.
The group highlighted its concerns with a protest market at the Union Buildings on Friday.
President Zuma has asked the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv Michael Masutha, to look into the challenges raised by the association and provide him with feedback.
“The concerns raised by the Black Lawyers Association are very serious and understand their concerns. All arms of the state and all spheres of government need to prioritise and empower black lawyers, particularly women,” Zuma added.
He explained that the legal fraternity is one of the key sectors that the state is targeting as part of its radical socioeconomic transformation programme in order to correct the uneven and unequal racial and gender representation in key sectors of society and the economy.