Court dismisses UB political ban case

Muzzled: The UB slapped a ban on political activism last week
Muzzled: The UB slapped a ban on political activism last week

Justice Michael Mothobi has dismissed with costs a case in which a University of Botswana (UB) student challenged the decision of the UB Council to ban party politics at the institution.

The student, Setlhomo Tshwanelang, had filed an urgent motion against UB and attorney Parks Tafa in his capacity as the UB Council chairperson.  Dismissing the case yesterday afternoon, Mothobi said he was not satisfied that the matter was urgent. “Respondents’ argument of lack of urgency is a valid one,” said Mothobi.

The dismissal of the urgency, without the arguing of merits, means Tshwanelang’s only avenue is to file a routine application.

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