MASERU — Law Society of Lesotho president Zwelakhe Mda on Thursday paid tribute to the late High Court judge Justice Mochoroane Peter Mofokeng describing him as a fearless defender of human rights.
Mda was speaking at the 10th MP Mofokeng memorial lecture at Lesotho Sun, an annual event held in the late judge’s honour.
Justice Mofokeng died in 1986.
The law society also officially launched a book, the Mofokeng Memorial Lectures, containing lectures delivered over the past 10 years in honour of the late judge.
“Tonight we celebrate a son of the soil whose character and style of leadership on the bench held the High Court to the highest level of performance in protecting human rights and upholding the rule of law,” Mda said.
“It is a character and style of leadership which respected the law. It was a character and style of leadership which dared not compromise principle on the altar of political connections.”
Mda described Mofokeng as a jurist who led by example. He said his example confirmed that it was not the position one held in society that mattered but the cause that one champions.
Mda said the book was a tribute to the Mofokeng family for giving the nation an illustrious son who made all in the legal profession proud.
“The book is not a present, it is an undeniable recognition of excellence, honour and respect with which the finest amongst us throughout the world are held by their peers,” Mda said.
He hoped that the book will inspire others on the bench, bar, and side bar “to raise the bar of service even higher”.