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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Popular attorney to sue Legal Aid Board

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Summonses for damages totalling more than R9,1-million have been issued against five defendants on behalf of well-known Pietermaritzburg attorney Christo Loots and his firm, Christo Loots Incorporated, following his acquittal in August in 2004 on 931 fraud charges involving the Legal Aid Board.
Five separate summonses alleging wrongful arrest and prosecution, defamation of character, financial damage and loss of clients suffered by Loots's practice in Pietermaritzburg, as well as loss of income resulting from the wrongful charges, have been issued against the minister of justice and constitutional development, the Legal Aid Board and its employee, Anne More, Dawid Scholtz, a Pretoria-based cost consultant, Joseph Shabangu, a municipal councillor at uPongola municipality who made a public statement about Loots, and the Natal Witness printing and publishing company, which ran a newspaper article in February 2002 about a "fraud probe" and raid on Loots's offices.

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