No gown for wannabe advocate who hid his criminal record

Mziako stated‚ among other things: “I am a law-abiding citizen and have no criminal record or pending criminal case against me. I submit that I am a fit and proper person to be admitted as an advocate and I am unaware of any fact that may adversely affect my status of being a fit and proper person.”

Earlier this year‚ the high court in Kimberly ruled that he had lied about his criminal record. He also failed to reveal that Absa had obtained a judgment against him in 2007 and his property in the “Rustenburg district was attached”.

His cover was blown when a magistrate in Ga-Rankuwa raised concerns about his admission as an advocate. The magistrate wrote to the former Northern Cape judge president‚ Frans Kgomo‚ stating that Mziako has not disclosed his conviction and sentence.

An investigation followed and the Northern Cape Society of Advocates‚ after seeking assistance from the North West Bar‚ took legal action.

“I am not convinced that another court will come to a conclusion different from the one we reached in this matter‚” said Judge President Pule Tlaletsi. “There is no compelling reason why the appeal should be allowed.”

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