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Judges shame social media attacks

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Lerato Matheka

Justices, Thamsanqa Nomngcongo, Moroke Mokhesi and Sakoane Sakoane have vehemently lambasted social media attacks lodged at the judiciary.

Justice Nomngcongo said they will not be moved from performing their duties.

“It has come to our attention that certain rumours are doing the rounds on social media, rumours which are shameless and scandalous, but those will not derail the court from performing its duties. We are sworn in to perform our duties in the bounds of the law thus we will do so without fear or favour,” he charged without noting specific attacks.

The judges are presiding over a civil application where Habofanoe Lehana and two others have challenged the results of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) elective conference which was held on February 1 and 2 at Lehakoe in Maseru.

Part of the matter was appealed, but last Friday the Appeal court remitted it back to the High Court to he heard by a different judge appointed by the Court Registrar.

On Monday, Justice Moroke Mokhesi was appointed but on Tuesday Acting Chief Justice ‘Maseforo Mahase wrote an order citing sections of the High Court Act which gives her the right to appoint judges, and appointed Justices Nomngcongo and Sakoane to assist on ‘specific areas’.

The case was met with incidents that led to the withdrawal of lawyers representing Lehana on Tuesday.

When the matter was heard on Wednesday, Lehana and the two others submitted a letter informing the court that they had sorted out their differences with their lawyers thus they would be representing them in the first place, sought postponement because the lawyers had other engagements.

The matter was postponed to next Tuesday.

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