Calls for a children’s tribunal


FRANCISTOWN: There is an urgent need for the creation of a specialised children tribunal and stock theft courts manned by experts, says Justice Lot Moroka.

Moroka said on Tuesday in a case in which Ontiretse Batumi had made an application for permanent stay of criminal proceedings against him that were ongoing at the Nata Magistrate's Court.

Batumi, now 19, was arrested and subsequently tried for allegedly attempting to rape another minor when he had just turned 14 years. He, however, made an application before the High Court to have proceedings against him stayed. When delivering ruling on the matter, Moroka said that Batumi was supposed to be tried in accordance with the provisions of Children’s Act and section 18 (1) of the Act which says that every child has the right to free basic education.

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