Mmegi Online :: More trouble for lawyer accused in Montshiwa case
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More trouble for lawyer accused in Montshiwa case

Modise David, the lawyer accused of killing former Fairground Holdings CEO, Michael Montshiwa, has had his law firm placed under curatorship in accordance with a High Court order.
By Mpho Mokwape Thu 16 Feb 2017, 16:23 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: More trouble for lawyer accused in Montshiwa case








In a notice yesterday, the Law Society of Botswana (LSB) said the curatorship meant that David was not entitled to practice law or in any way hold himself as a legal practitioner on account of “continuing to practice law without a Practicing Certificate”.

David was among a group of nine attorneys placed under curatorshiop for non-compliance. Attorney, Martin Dingake has been appointed curator and has engaged a certified auditor, Leon Mtyambizi.

On Monday, the case against David was further adjourned for another two months with Village magistrate, Ike Raphael saying the prosecutor needed more time to decide whether to go ahead with the case against David.

David, who is facing charges of murder and theft, was allegedly the last person to communicate with Montshiwa minutes before the CEO’s fatal shooting in Block 6 on October 18, 2015. The investigating officer in the matter, Sergeant Marapo has testified that David was Montshiwa’s attorney and that the lawyer had withdrawn P245,000 from an account entrusted to him by Montshiwa for the purchase of a plot in Mogoditshane. David has been out on bail since his arrest in December 2015.

Meanwhile, the

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LSB has published a list of 38 lawyers it says do not hold Practicing Certificates and are not members of the Society. Members of the public have been warned that if they deal with the lawyers, they do so at their own risk and without recourse to the Society.

“The legal practitioners (attorneys and advocates) do not hold current practising certificates and are therefore not entitled to practise. They are further not members of the LSB, as they do not hold valid practising certificates.

“In view of the status of the said attorneys, members of the public who engage or continue to deal with them are doing so at their own risk and do not have recourse to the LSB,” said the LSB.

Among the 38 attorneys are prominent names including Lyndon Mothusi of Mothusi and Company, Kgosietsile Ngakaagae of Ngakaagae and Company and former Collins Newman attorney Bokani Machinya who left the company early last year under a dark cloud following allegations of forgery and fraud regarding a major case they handled.

Machinya has since opened her legal practice under the banner Machinya and Company.

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