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THE BRITISH South African Lawyers Association (BSALA) has pledged to raise £25,000 to fund the training of two South African lawyers from disadvantaged groups.
The lawyers will be trained through the candidate attorney programme run by the Legal Resources Centre, the largest independent non-profit making law centre in South Africa.
BSALA chair Michael Polonsky, of London firm Paisner & Co, said the centre received no government funding and relied on a trust supported by development agencies, corporations, foundations and concerned individuals.
The programme aims to give legal training to groups previously under-represented in the legal profession.
"Graduates are now to be found in prominent positions in South Africa in a wide range of firms of attorneys, at the Bar, and in various organisations," Polonsky said. "The majority are in positions wholly or mainly devoted to human rights work."