Seasoned Legal Practitioner Aces Postgraduate Legal Studies

Mr Larry Seethal and Mrs Valerie Seethal.
Mr Larry Seethal celebrates his distinction pass with his wife, Mrs Valerie Seethal.

Mr Larry Seethal (66) of Seethal Attorneys – a Port Shepstone based legal firm– passed the Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Investigation and Criminal Justice (PDFICJ) with distinction! 

While Seethal is a veteran in the legal field with experience spanning four decades, he believes in continuous professional development in order to remain relevant. ‘To be competitive, you have to keep up with the changing time of our profession, both in the development of the law and the changes in technology, but most importantly, you must always be passionate about your profession. Money must not be the motivational factor to legal representation. It is only the reward for a service rendered,’ he advised budding legal practitioners. 

Seethal graduated with a BA Law and LLB in 1979 and 1980 respectively. He was admitted as an attorney in 1983 and admitted to practice in the High Court of the Republic of South Africa in 1995. 

Over the years, he has been involved in criminal and public law in respect of local government. He explained his motivation to pursue the PDFICJ. ‘On many occasions, I had to prosecute or lead evidence of criminal conduct of senior managers, municipal managers and chief financial officers. On reading the forensic reports, I used to pick up many deficiencies as many of the forensic investigators did not have the experience that one has in practice.’ 

He encourages senior professionals to consider postgraduate studies. ‘I believe that age is only a number. The human spirit to keep on learning never dies with age. In fact, the older you are, the easier it is to understand the practical concepts of the various modules of your profession.’ 

Proud of his achievement, he said: ‘I am humbled to have been able to achieve this accolade of a pass with distinction but more importantly I am extremely pleased that our class was able to pass the course as it was very challenging and tested every aspect of one’s skill to be a forensic examiner.’ 

Seethal praises Mr Shaun Kruger, PDFICJ Programme Manager, and Dr Harold Patrick, PDFICJ Facilitator, for their academic rigour who really challenged their acumen and resilience on forensics and all the other lecturers and tutors who were patient with them during this course. 

Thanks and appreciation also go to Ms Helga Stiglingh for being there whenever the students needed her for any administrative issues. 

Words: Hazel Langa

Photograph: Abhi Indrarajan 

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