The North Gauteng High Court granted an order, striking the name of Maggy Mashiloane off the roll of attorneys after an application by the Northern Provinces Law Society.
Mashiloane was admitted as an attorney in 2006 and opened her own law firm in 2008. The Law Society launched an investigation against her after a complaint by one of her clients, Max Sisulu, from whom Mashiloane administered the estate of his late son.
Mashiloane thereafter admitted she had misappropriated over R310 000 from the estate and that only about R146 000 was paid to the deceased’s surviving spouse.
She told the Law Society she had been “constructively dismissed” from the firm in which she was a partner because of financial difficulties.
She became unemployed and without an income, gave birth to a baby in September 2008 and was threatened with foreclosure on her mortgage bond and the repossession of her house. She said she could also not ask her husband for money, because he “enjoyed seeing her like that”.
She commenced with her own practice in 2008 and started by withdrawing R4 500 for her salary from the inheritance money entrusted to her.
“The following months I did the same thing, also patching for the arrears that I was already into, with the intention that when my baby is older I will find another job and repay every cent.”