The illusion of Justice: The low point of Botswana’s judiciary

As the year 2023 wraps up, a reflection of the Judiciary leaves a bitter taste for Botswana PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
As the year 2023 wraps up, a reflection of the Judiciary leaves a bitter taste for Botswana PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

A great writer once said that as much as people want to believe in justice, there is no such thing as 'justice'. It is just an illusion guarded by the laws that are a product of the State, always coercive, always ideological and always serving the interests of those in power. Staff Writer MPHO MOKWAPE reflects on how dark the Judiciary has been in 2023. Criticism over impartiality, favouritism and influence of judges especially by those in power has become the order of the day in the Judiciary. Despite being taken as the cornerstone of the country’s democratic system and often referred to as the last hope for those in pursuit of justice, things have not been looking good at all of late.

Legal minds believe that justice equates to fairness. When one talks about justice, people expect to be treated impartially, fairly, properly, and reasonably by the law and by those tasked with creating those laws.

Justice prevails when laws are made to protect citizens.

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