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1 April – Lockdown challenges

FSA addressing operational challenges of its members during national lockdown

We have received a number of reports of employees and transport being stopped and people being threatened or taken to the police. The majority of the reports received are from Mpumalanga, (Nelspruit), Western Cape (Oudtshoorn) and KwaZulu-Natal (Durban). Contact details for Criminal Lawyers (received via the group of lawyers in the Business 4 SA group) are set out below in case of emergency. Please distribute amongst relevant personnel.

FSA is engaging with the relevant Government departments and have escalated its efforts through the PPGI team to resolve these matters urgently.

These are lawyers at the 5 major firms who people can contact in a hurry, if they are arrested or are poorly handled by SAPS/SANDF personnel. They can be contacted directly and have been alerted to the possibility of receiving emergency calls at odd hours:

Name: Richard Shein

Cell: 083 256 1350

e-mail: Richard.shein@bowmanslaw.com 

Firm: Bowmans


Name: Mandisi Rusa

Cell: 072 246 1058

e-mail: Mandis.rusa@bowmanslaw.com

Firm: Bowmans


Name: Mendel Sass (Cape Town)

Cell: 082 805 8691

e-mail: Mendel.sass@bowmanslaw.com 

Firm: Bowmans


Name: Tim Fletcher

Cell: 083325 0731

e-mail: Tim.fletcher@cdhlegal.com

Firm: CDH


Name: Willem van der Colff

Cell: 0827880368

e-mail: wvdcolff@ENSafrica.com

Firm: ENS Africa

Name: Priyesh Daya

Cell: 082 800 4585

e-mail: Priyesh.daya@webberwentzel.com

Firm: Webber Wentzel


Name: Gavin Fitzmaurice (Cape Town)

Cell: 082 787 3920

e-mail: Gavin.fitzmaurice@webberwentzel.com

Firm: Webber Wentzel


Name: Jeremy Gobetz

Cell: 072 220 1147

e-mail: jgobetz@werksmans.com

Firm: Werksmans


Name: Rael Gootkin (Cape Town)

Cell: 082 774 5781

e-mail: rgootkin@werksmans.com

Firm: Werksmans

Criminal law is not the general beat of the commercial law firms – there are a few very good criminal law firms which have recommended:


  • BDK Attorneys Emergency no: 011 838 1214

  • Ulrich Roux: 083 469 1619


  • William Booth: 076 144 9332/072 976 1331

  • Leon van der Merwe: 083 270 6182

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