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Mariental community grabs Free Legal advice opportunity

Mariental community grabs Free Legal advice opportunity

“I therefore call on our community to actively grab this opportunity to seek legal expert advice on pressing issues you are facing. Amongst the topics identified, my office is well-aware of labour-related complains flooding to my office on a daily basis, mostly because of the literacy level and high rate of unemployment of our people, being exploited by employers.”

Referring to herself as the Political Captain of the Hardap Region, the Governor, Hon Esmé Sophia Isaack encouraged her community to make use of the free legal advice offered by members of the Law Society of Namibia and officials from the Office of the Ombudsman, when this year’s first Free Legal Advice Day was held last Friday, 09 June 2017 in the Persianer Hall in Mariental.

Hon Isaacks said “As we all know access to legal services is a challenge to our most vulnerable people in our communities. Therefore I will fail in my calling if I do not express gratitude towards the Office of the Ombudsman and the Law Society of Namibia for their noble initiative in the form of Free Legal Advice Day. lt is indeed another form of social responsibility towards our citizenry. lt is worth mentioning that this exercise is an intervention which support and supplement Government’s efforts in terms service delivery.”

The Free Legal Advice Day forms part of the Law Society’s objectives to make legal services more accessible to those members of the public who can not afford legal services. More than forty Mariental residents used the opportunity to obain legal advice on labour issues, domestic violence, maintenance for minor children, and the execution of wills and estates.

The legal advice was given by Law Society members who are legal practitioners in Mariental, and by officials from the Office of the Ombudsman in Windhoek.

Governor Isaacks and the Mayor of Mariental, Hon. Wilhelm Mensah, were instrumental in arranging the venue and distributing the invitation to the community.

Further Free Legal Advice Days are scheduled for the far North, the coast, the central North and Gobabis, during the rest of this year.

In the picture, legal practitioners from Mariental, together with members of the Law Society, the Office of the Ombudsman and law enforcement officials in Mariental, all contributed to bring free legal advice to Mariental residents.


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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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