Judges’ drivers cry foul over standby allowance

Drivers of High Court judges bemoan that they are yet to receive their dues
Drivers of High Court judges bemoan that they are yet to receive their dues

FRANCISTOWN: Drivers of High Court judges are crying foul since Justice Bashi Moesi held that they are entitled to be paid standby allowance on November 18 in 2022, but the Administration of Justice (AoJ) has not complied with that order.

The drivers, who spoke to Mmegi on condition of anonymity for fear of possible victimisation by their employer, said the 120 days that the AoJ was given by Moesi to have complied with the order have elapsed. They bemoan that they are yet to receive their dues despite the AoJ having not appealed Moesi’s ruling.

In response to a questionnaire sent by Mmegi about the drivers’ gripe with the AoJ’s non-compliance with Moesi’s order, principal public relations officer of the AoJ (The office of the Chief Registrar), Tshepiso Jankome, briefly said: “The AoJ is engaging the drivers in order to implement the order referred to.” However, the response from the controversy-plagued AoJ by design or for other reasons known by it, did not address the issue that there is concern that the AoJ’s non-compliance with orders made by the courts that it oversees has the potential of leading other members of the public to also disrespect court orders-a situation that will lead to chaos.

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