Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Two attorneys who were once partners are pointing fingers at each other instead of cancelling a garnishee order.
Marnewick & Greyling Attorneys, who have since separated, have refused to say who should cancel the garnishee order or who should refund the money they had unlawfully debited from Lungile Maqina.
They only paid Maqina R375 of the R1400 they took from him seven months ago.
Maqina's problem started after his medical aid neglected to pay his wife's medical bill.
In 2004, Maqina's wife consulted a doctor and his medical aid omitted to pay R442 to a laboratory.
Maqina said that the doctor sent letters of demand which he could not respond to because he had moved to another residence.
"At the end of September, I received a telephone call from Marnewick & Greyling Attorneys demanding R442, which I agreed to pay."
But 20 days later, Maqina received a summons for R662 to be paid within 10 days.
He said he paid it within six days and faxed the proof of payment.
But at the end of October, Maqina's salary was attached.
"The attorney served my HR department an attachment order for R2692 and deducted R200 from my salary. When I demanded that they should stop debiting my account, I was told that lawyers are not a welfare organisation."
Marnewick Attorneys who now operate from Potchefstroom in North West passed the buck to Greyling Attorneys who operate from Polokwane in Limpopo.
Janine van Tonder of Greyling Attorneys said they were not handling the matter.
"After I read your letter it came to my attention that it is not our case here at Polokwane," said Van Tonder before she referred Consumer Line back to Marnewick Attorneys.
Maqina said he will refer the matter to the Law Society of the Northern Transvaal for investigation.