Hi there and thank you for your question,
I will try to assist you with your legal question but please feel free to ask as many follow up questions as you like until you are 100% satisfied.
In order to be successful in a claim against ABSA bank's lawyers, you will need to PROVE that you have suffered a direct financial loss as a result of this fraud. i.e. that you've actually lost money. The same will apply to fraud and malpractice. You need to have suffered a direct financial loss.
If you can't do that, then you don't have a case.
In my opinion there is no defamation of character that has taken place. There has not been any publication of these events, and even if there as been, the truth of the matter is that you are not involved. You don't have a claim there.
To prove a claim based on emotional stress is VERY difficult, and even if you are successful in SA you don't get big damages. The legal costs will outweigh any judgment that you obtain.
My advice is to work with the police and assist in their investigations.
The court will apply a "reasonable person" test to any damages claim. They will ask "will a reasonable person really get so emotionally stressed out that they need to be paid something". I think that the answer will be no, simply because the reasonable man will understand that fraud happens, and if your name gets caught up in it the police will assist to sort it out.
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