Curtain closes on Bamalete land saga

Balete in high court PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Balete in high court PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The wait is finally over! Tomorrow Bamalete tribe in the South Eastern District of Botswana will finally hear judgement in their ongoing legal battle against government over Forest Hill 9-KO Farm after last month’s postponement.

The Court of Appeal (CoA) was supposed to deliver judgement on the case on February 17 but Registrar of CoA Nomsa Moatswi wrote a letter to Bamalete lawyers, Motlhala and Co to inform them about the court’s decision to postpone judgement to a later date yet to "be communicated to the parties". “The parties are advised that the judgement in the matter will no longer be delivered on February 17,” read the letter Moatswi authored. Last Thursday Registrar of CoA announced the new date for the judgement as March 7.

The case has been tainted by controversy since Kgosi Mosadi Seboko, the Kgosikgolo of Ba Ga-Malete, claimed that President Mokgweetsi Masisi interfered with the Judiciary and wants to play the hero in the matter. Kgosi Mosadi at the time last year set tongues wagging when she made known allegations before the media a few days before their first CoA appearance in the last session.

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