The recently held Pan African Lawyers Conference in Durban, South Africa saw the adoption of a new code of conduct for lawyers aimed at curbing corruption in African nations.

The aim of the new code of conduct is to enshrine the fundamental principles and standards of anti-corruption, ethics and professional compliance that shall govern lawyers in their professional activities.

An anti-corruption activist, Mr Dumisani Mthombeni said the association is now advocating to have the code of ethics adopted and implemented by associations of lawyers in all African countries.

In terms of Article 6 of the ethics, lawyers are prohibited from assisting or facilitating a transaction in which to their knowledge, corrupt or unethical acts would have been committed.