About Us

DU TOIT-SMUTS & PARTNERS ATTORNEYS is a well-established Law Practice situated in Nelspruit (Mbombela), the capital of Mpumalanga Province. We provide highly specialised legal services in all legal fields, and we have been serving the community for more than 40 years.

Timeline 1976-2000

The practice of Du Toit-Smuts Attorneys was established in 1976 by it’s founding members Wiekus Du Toit and Adriaan Smuts, at a time when there were only a few local attorney firms in Nelspruit. It was initially run from the Les Vos building and started off with a staff of four- two attorneys, a translator and a typist who also served as a receptionist.

The Late Sam Pretorius joined the firm in the early 80’s, and in the 90’s Schalk Rheeder , Leanda Cilliers and Johan Oosthuizen came on board. The firm then grew steadily with the appointment of attorneys Arnoldt Cilliers and Jozua Scheepers, in 2000 and 2001 respectively. The year 2001 also marked the year that Dr Mathews Phosa joined the firm. This was after he had served as the first premier of Mpumalanga from 1994, and his retirement from government politics in 1999 to pursue a career in business.

Timeline 2001-2010

In 2001 the partnership of Du Toit-Smuts was incorporated as a company and underwent the name change to Du Toit-Smuts And Mathews Phosa Inc.

Of the current partners, Khadija Dockrat joined the firm in 2003 as a Candidate Attorney, and Josef Schabort joined the firm in 2004 as a Professional Assistant. In 2008 Tersius Boshoff and Jurie Grobler joined the firm as Professional Assistants, while Wiekus Roos joined the firm as a candidate attorney in 2009.

In 2009 Wiekus Du Toit decided to pursue other interests, and after a transitional period where he remained as a Consultant, Mr Du Toit went into private practice for his own account.

Since 2009 Schalk Rheeder has been holding the reins as Chief Executive Officer. Under his guidance the firm has continued to grow from strength to strength.

Timeline 2011-Present

After playing an active role in the Firm for more than 20 years, Leanda Cilliers stepped down as Partner in 2013 in order to pursue other business interests.

From March 2014 until April 2017, the firm was conducted in partnership under the name Du Toit-Smuts and Mathews Phosa Attorneys.

In March 2017, Dr Mathews Phosa decided to retire from our partnership and some other boards at the age of 65 in order to pursue other interests. We are grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside this modern-day South African hero, and we wish Dr Phosa well with all his future endeavours.

From April 2017, the firm is conducted in partnership under the name Du Toit-Smuts & Partners.

We aim to provide a specialised and professional legal service, in order to guarantee complete client satisfaction  




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