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MBABANE – Mbabane Ward Four Councillor Sikhatsi Dlamini was yesterday stopped in his tracks by the Law Society of Swaziland (LSS) when he stood up in court to represent a client before Judge Titus Mlangeni.

Through lawyer Lucky Howe the Law Society applied that Dlamini should not be allowed to make any appearance on behalf of the client as he was not an admitted attorney.
Howe told the court that according to the Legal Practitioners Act, a person who is supposed to appear in court and represent a client was an admitted attorney.

In his defence, Dlamini cited Section 84(1) of the Constitution of Swaziland. Section 84(1) states: “Subject to the provision of Constitution, the people of Swaziland have a right to be heard through and represented by their own freely chosen representative in the government of the country.”

Judge Mlangeni dismissed Dlamini’s application on the basis that it was not properly before court. The judge said he was not going to issue an order as to costs as Dlamini was not an attorney.
“It’s a pity that most people want to play part of being lawyers when they are not qualified. What I have noticed, nobody plays part of being a medical practitioner. The last time I heard of a person who played a part of being a medical practitioner was in the 70s,” said Judge Mlangeni.

Dlamini, who is a well known businessman and active in the local sporting fraternity, made several appearances at the High Court representing his clients and the Law Society had previously raised concerns about that.
According to the court roll that was issued yesterday, Dlamini’s company is operating under the style name JCM Services and is situated at Independent Centre Building, Dzeliwe Street, Mbabane.
In the matter Dlamini stated that he was practising as a representative in the estate of the late Vusi Oupa Lokotfwako.

He was representing Phumlile Lokotfwako, who is locked in a court battle with Phindile Zikalala over a motor vehicle. Dlamini has filed an application at the High Court seeking an order that Zikalala be ordered to release the motor vehicle forthwith.
In the same matter, Principal Judge Stanley Maphalala once issued an interim order in favour of Dlamini’s client.
During the recent official opening of the High Court of Swaziland, the President of the Law Society of Swaziland, Jose Rodrigues said some lawyers were lending their signatures to legal court documents prepared by shylocks, money lenders and consultants.

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