Good-hearted lawyer steps up

A good-hearted Mpumalanga lawyer has stepped forward with an offer to represent the family of the young boy who had his penis amputated by a doctor at Barberton General Hospital back in 2008. He was alerted to their plight after Noseweek columnist Bheki Mashile wrote about it in the Umjindi Guardian and in Country Life, (nose143).

Attorney Milile Maxosa Labe said: “When I read the story I was appalled, but moreover I was incensed at what obviously seemed like the hospital’s ‘cover up’ of this tragedy.”

Lawyer Milile Maxosa Labe

The boy’s mother said she had tried to have the hospital held accountable but did not know where to turn, particularly since her hopes for justice had been dashed when the Department of Social Development failed to follow through on her complaint.

Labe has made a name for himself by representing clients whose Con­­stitutional rights have been infringed, inc­­­luding several wrongful arrest suits.

He is reported to have a 100% success rate in his wrongful arrest cases.  

Labe said: “The other motivating factor is that we’re talking about a poor young woman who could not – and even now cannot – afford legal representation. She, like everyone else, deserves justice. As such, I am doing this on a contingency basis and I am currently seeking the services of an advocate so we can take this matter directly to the high court.”

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