Judges consider petition against Dibotelo closed


Four judges involved in a bitter legal suit against Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo are of the view that the August 2015 petition they endorsed, which allegedly undermined the authority of their boss, is water under the bridge.

Recently, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) secretary, Michael Motlhabi wrote to the quartet to show cause why the petition which they endorsed and that which allegedly undermined the authority of Dibotelo should not be referred to President Ian Khama. They were given until September 15, 2017 to apologise.

In their individual letters to Motlhabi, Justices Gaolapelwe Ketlogetswe, Lot Moroka, Godfrey Nthomiwa and Tshepo Motswagole were unequivocal that the matter was overtaken by events and it is a closed chapter. In his letter dated August 8, 2017 Motswagole wrote: “Thank you for your letter dated 30 May 2017, that I must admit, came as a surprise, given not only the lapse of the time from the date of the petition under reference, but also just as the dust of this protracted dispute was about to settle”.

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