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Cape Town - Candidate attorneys from across South Africa will have to rewrite their attorneys' admission examinations after it was discovered that all four exam papers were leaked. 

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) on Monday announced that the new round of examinations will be written in October.

The LSSA is the umbrella body under which members of the Cape Law Society, the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society, the Law Society of the Free State, the Law Society of the Northern Provinces, the Black Lawyers Association and the National Association of Democratic Lawyers fall.

An investigation into the leak has been launched and the society has called on candidate attorneys with information which could assist them to contact the national hotline which will be established shortly.

While the society has acknowledged that not all candidate attorneys were party to the "unethical and unprofessional conduct", it said the decision was taken to rewrite the examinations in order to "protect the integrity and reputation of the profession."

The exact date of the new set of examinations will be announced at a later stage.

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