Lawyer Quits After Defendant Uses Gold Tooth as Payment for Legal Fees

Lawyer Quits After Defendant Uses Gold Tooth as Payment for Legal Fees

- A lawyer has called it after a client offered his gold tooth as payment for his legal fees

-A number of other people in the legal profession came forward with their own experiences

- This reinforced the perception that wealthy people benefit from the legal system while poor people can't afford justice

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The legal system is not perfect and is often not kind to those without bottomless pockets. A Twitter user who goes by the handle @Tima_Hokwana decided to call it quits after she was confronted with a desperate client.

He took out his gold tooth and offered it to her as payment which was a bridge too far for her. She decided that criminal litigation was not a great fit for her.

Lawyer Quits After Defendant Uses Gold Tooth as Payment for Legal Fees
Tina Hokwana revealed she quit practising law to pursue a career in academia to preserve her mental health. Photo credit: @tina_hokwana
Source: Twitter
"I knew I was done litigating in criminal court the day an accused took out his gold tooth as payment for my fees."

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A number of other people came forward with their own experiences with clients who made strange offers for payment.

One of them revealed that a client offered to pay for her services with a piece of land if the case she was asked to take on was successful. The case dealt with a land ownership dispute.

Another tweep joined in and said that a gogo offered to give her preserved fruit as payment.

@ChrissyNathi revealed that one of her clients had pleaded guilty to assault in the hopes that she would go to the same jail as Dina Rodrigues and Najwa Peterson.

Earlier, Briefly News reported that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has spoken out about the heated end to the State Capture Commission's session involving Pravin Gordhan's legal team and Dali Mpofu. Mpofu told Michelle le Roux to "shut up" during the session.

Zondo has condemned the conduct on Mpofu's side saying that it is "unacceptable". Zondo reiterated that it was his right to allow a person to speak and to tell those who are speaking, that they've said enough.

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Zondo said he also has the right to tell those at the Commission to sit down if necessary. Once more, Zondo stated that Tuesday's conduct at the Commission was not acceptable.

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