Debswana accuser loses appeal

An artistic illustration of back pain. PIC: PAINKICKERS.COM
An artistic illustration of back pain. PIC: PAINKICKERS.COM

The Court of Appeal last week dismissed a case in which a man attempted to obtain compensation from his former employers.

The appellant, Patrick Mokokwe, worked as an operator for Debswana Diamond Company from 1976 until retirement in 2010. In 2009 Mokokwe claimed to have sustained a back injury while in the course of duty but the employer resisted this claim.

An internal inquiry conducted by Debswana Diamond Company found that the appellant failed to report any injury as required by the employer’s procedures. The appellant expressed his dissatisfaction with the inquiry’s findings. Initially in 1999, a doctor who examined him diagnosed that he had a festering bone disease.

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Bravo police for prompt action

It is also hurting that whilst we all know that the Botswana Police Service (BPS) is charged functionally with the duties to investigate all forms of crime, some locals have resorted to taking the law into their own hands. It is very wrong to do that. There is also a possibility that one may wrongfully take the life of a person in the process, unless it is a justifiable case of self-defence. Recently, in the city of Francistown, some locals found...

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