Home buyer caught in legal firm's tussle

DERELICTION of duties and failure to renew his Fidelity Fund certificate has caused a Gauteng attorney his job.

The dismissal happened after an article in the Sowetan on March 20 in which we highlighted the plight of Linda Dlamini, who bought a house he later discovered was enmeshed in controversy.

Dlamini of Mofolo South in Soweto, wanted to buy a house for his two sons with his retrenchment package. He liked the house that lawyer Morobi Sekgobela was selling for Jabulani Nxumalo.

Dlamini says that he paid the purchase price and transfer fees of R238500 on March 8 2011, but when they wanted to move in a week later, he was confronted by an angry family who said the house was under dispute.

Dlamini says he has not been able to live in his house and has been battling to get his money back from Thokwane Moloto of TP Moloto and Co.

The law firm has undertaken to refund the money, but says it can only do so if it is instructed to terminate the mandate.

To save the reputation of his firm, Moloto asked the Law Society of the Northern Province to grant him permission to terminate the services of his partner Sekgobela as director and manager of their Johannesburg office immediately .

Moloto told the Law Society that Sekgobela was irresponsible, insubordinate, and disrespectful and has neglected the branch office.

"He has not communicating with clients and has ignored phone calls from head office," he says.

Moloto told the society that Sekgobela has not renewed his Fidelity Fund certificate for this year and has not payed rent, the creditors and the staff.

"He took money from clients and did not issue proper receipts and has shown disrespect to the firm without prospects of rehabilitation. Under the circumstances, we have no option but to terminate his services with immediate effect," Moloto says.

But Sekgobela says he was not aware that he had been dismissed. He says that there were problems regarding his work in the past, but that they had been sorted out.

"We now have a good relationship," Sekgobela says.

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