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Four judges quit over Mosito 


Billy Ntaote

Four foreign Court of Appeal judges resigned on Friday—allegedly in protest over the appointment of King’s Counsel (KC) Kananelo Mosito as the new president of the country’s apex court.

According to judicial sources privy to the matter, the four South African judges are Justice Douglas Scott, Justice Craig Howie, Justice Wilfred Thring and Justice Roger Cleaver.

Until Justice Mosito’s appointment on 15 January 2015, Justice Scott had been Acting Court of Appeal President since Justice Michael Ramodibedi resigned in April last year after losing a case before the Court of Appeal in which he wanted to stop impeachment proceedings against him instituted by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.

Dr Thabane had advised King Letsie III to establish a tribunal to investigate Justice Ramodibedi for possible misconduct he allegedly committed on 23 July 2013.

The Sunday Express was told by the sources that the judges submitted their resignation letters to the Office of the Government Secretary.

Following the resignations, the apex court is now left with two foreign judges, Justice Winfred Louw and Justice Ian Farlam , who are both from South Africa.

Justice Scott, the sources said, allegedly resigned because he felt the decision not to confirm him as substantive president showed Dr Thabane did not have confidence in him.

Contacted yesterday, High Court and Court of Appeal Registrar, Lesitsi Mokeke, said the resignation letters were not addressed to his office but that of the Government Secretary, hence he could not comment.

On his part, Acting Government Secretary, Nchemo Maile, confirmed receiving the letters from the four judges but would not be drawn to reveal their contents.

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