CJ, CR deny jeopardising assaulted Magistrate’s health, life


Chief Justice (CJ) Terence Rannowane and Chief Registrar (CR) of the High Court Juliana Dube-Gobotswang have denied jeorpadising the health and life of a Magistrate who was assaulted by insisting she be transferred from Molepolole to Mahalapye Magistrate’s court.

The judicial heads say the dangers and risks that come with the job of Magistrates are taken seriously hence, the provision of an orderly police escort at work and residence. Responding to Kefilwe Resheng’s lawsuit, a Principal Magistrate, who was reportedly assaulted and verbally attacked by inmates at Molepolole Magistrate’s Court after accusing the judicial officers of ‘negligence’ following the alleged attack, said it was not true that it was business as usual after the attack.

Resheng dragged the pair before court on Tuesday resisting transfer to Mahalapye Magistrate’s Court on condition that she suffered an extreme mental breakdown after being attacked and had mental relapses. However, Dube-Gobotswang in her answering affidavit, said the insinuation that they do not care about Resheng’s health and life was not true as they had been checking on her progress since the attack. “The applicant sent me a WhatsApp message informing me that she has experienced verbal attack. I had been checking on how she was doing through WhatsApp and she would respond,” she said.

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