Stop spoiling Basarwa - Pilane

Pilane PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Pilane PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

Advocate Sidney Pilane, state lawyer in a case in which a Mosarwa man is seeking permission to bury his father at Metsiamanong in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), says attorneys should not take Basarwa cases pro bono.

Pilane says this is to discourage Basarwa from rushing to court over non-issues. Pilane made the comments following a court session in which he heard attorney Nelson Ramaotwana was doing the case pro bono. Pilane had offered to not ask for costs if he wins against the family. The advocate later said in future he would opt for costs to discourage Basarwa from “rushing to court knowing that they would not pay”.

His comments infuriated the deceased’s son, Lesiame Pitseng who broke down and cried. His father’s body has been lying in a morgue for four months over the burial tussle between the family and government. Pilane later explained his view on the treatment of Basarwa. “We need to stop spoiling them. They need to be subjected to the laws, which govern all of us.

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