Johannesburg - A junior advocate qualified in shipping law has approached the Competition Tribunal to seek interim relief against three senior advocates, Business Day reported on Monday.
The junior advocate claimed the three were engaged in “racist anti-competitive” conduct, which has the effect of excluding him from the shipping market.
Simba Chitando would ask the Competition Tribunal on Monday to restrain Michael Fitzgerald SC, Russel MacWilliams SC and Michael Wragge SC from engaging in alleged racist anti-competitive conduct.
Chitando wants the Tribunal to order them to include him in the pool of junior advocates they refer work to.
Fitzgerald said in an answering affidavit filed on behalf of all three advocates that they take strong exception to the “wholly unsubstantiated and unjustified attack” made on them and their good reputation.
“We regard the accusation made against us by the applicant (Chitando) of racism and xenophobia as nothing other than seriously defamatory.”
He wants the interim order while the Competition Commission investigates his complaint against the advocates.
It is reportedly the first time individuals are being brought before the authorities. - Sapa