Lawyers prey on victim of crime


Lawyers prey on victim of crime

The protracted and tortuous legal journey of road accident victim Iman Dharsey,  who was injured on a Sibanye bus in 2002, has worsened.

Out of Dharsey’s R295 000 Glenrand MIB settlement, her attorney, Nico Humphries of Michalowsky Gelden­­huys & Hum­­phries, collected nearly 70% – spoils which he shared out among various “experts” he’d consulted, the advocate he’d briefed, and himself. He then demanded another R24 369 for an earlier legal debt he had committed his client to paying after he failed to submit her papers to court on time

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Submitted by : Tony Beamish of PARISOT on 2012-05-04 07:55:24
An attorney is an "accountable institution" in terms of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA). For Dicks Van der Merwe to have opened a file for Mrs Dharsey they would first have had to have FICA'd her, or Rehana Khan Parker, if indeed they obtained their instructions from Parker.

It is unlikely that Dicks Van der Merwe complied with this?

Mrs Dharsey ought to take a copy of FICA with her to court and show the relevant sections to the Magistrate hearing her matter. The penalties for non-compliance with FICA by an "accountable institution" range from five years imprisonment or a R1 Million fine to fifteen years imprisonment or a R10 Million fine.

If the Magistrate doesn't undertake to refer it to the the Financial Intelligence Centre then Mrs Dharsey should.

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