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Ex Judge, Tshosa at loggerheads with Govt

Former Judge of the High Court, Onkemetse Tshosa has approached court seeking payment of P519 817.50 from his former employers, the Administration of Justice, in payment for gratuity that was prior rejected by the Registrar.

According to the Heads of Argument filed with the High Court by Moeletsi and Motumise Attorneys representing Tshosa in this matter, “in December 2012 the plaintiff (Tshosa) lodged a claim for his terminal benefits. He was only paid for the leave days and was not paid gratuity for the period that he had served as Judge of the High Court.”

“On the 25th of November 2013, the Registrar rejected the Plaintiff’s claim for gratuity and relied on Section II of the Judges Pensions Act (CAP. 04:07) as justification for his decision,” reads Tshosa’s arguments.

Tshosa’s lawyers have gone on to submit that the payment was of importance to Tshosa because after losing his job as a judge of the High Court in August 2012, he had no source of income or livelihood at all.

The only source of livelihood for Tshosa after losing his job would have been the gratuity which he was entitled to after working for the judiciary for more than two years, according to the statement.

Tshosa was not entitled to pension in terms of the Judges Pensions Act because he had not worked for at least 5 years as a judge and had in any case been placed on pension; the only thing he was entitled to according to his attorneys was gratuity in terms of the Judges Miscellaneous Provisions Act.

Meanwhile the case has taken yet another turn as the Attorney General has applied for condonation after failing to file plea within 14 court days that fell on the 8th October 2014 as per Order 25 Rule 3(1) of the Rules of the High Court according to Tshosa’s attorneys.

They further stated that the Attorney General did not take any steps to file the plea until the 26th February 2015 when they lodged the application for condonation.  

When defending the condonation application, Attorney Neo Sharp of the Attorney General’s chambers said it was only on the 25th of February 2015, upon checking on the file for preparation for appearance before court on the 27th February 2015 that she realized that one Josephine Wetshootsile from the messenger office omitted and or forgot to file the opposing papers.

Tshosa was a High Court judge before resigning ahead of a tribunal set by the President could decide his fate. Tshosa was discharged and acquitted by Judge Lot Moroka of the High Court following an appeal in a case in which he was accused of failing to provide breath specimen and assaulting a Police officer on duty.

The case will be heard before Judge Michael Leburu of Lobatse High Court on the 25th of June 2015 to decide the fate of Attorney General’s condonation application and further, whether Tshosa is entitled to receive gratuity or not.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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