A chronology of  Justice Mahase’s mess

A chronology of Justice Mahase’s mess

l February 13: Results of the ABC elective conference are challenged before Justice Mahase on an urgent basis but she postpones the case several times and fails to make a ruling for five months.
l May 6: Justice Mahase hears a similar case brought by ABC members challenging the legitimacy of the elective conference.
l May 8: Justice Mahase grants the order declaring the conference illegal without hearing the other side.
l May 31: The February 13 case is removed from Justice Mahase and handed to another judge. At the same hearing, the old committee abandons the May 8 judgment.
l June 12: A panel of three judges in the High Court confirms Mahao and his team as the rightful committee. The outgoing secretary general, Samonyane Ntsekele, accepts the ruling and says he will hand over to the new committee. He later changes his tune
l June 13: the ABC leader Prime Minister Thomas Thabane wrote the winners saying they should give reasons why he could not expel them from the party within three days.
l June 14: the winners met as the executive committee of the party and resolved not to ratify Thabane’s action.
l June 17: Despite the new executive committee’s resolution not to ratify Thabane’s decision, he goes on to expel them from the party.
l June 24: Mahao’s camp filed an urgent application in the High Court challenging their expulsion.
l June 26: High Court judges Justices Sakoane Sakoane and Moroke Mokhesi refuse to grant any relief instead postponed the matter to July 22. On the same day, the pro-Thabane NEC members ratified his decision to expel them.
l July 2: The expelled members applied for relief in the High Court and the case found its way to Justice Mahase whom they ask to recuse herself but she refuses.

Staff reporter 

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