Hlaele fights expulsion

Hlaele fights expulsion

MASERU – The newly elected secretary general of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) party, Lebohang Hlaele, has filed an urgent application in the High Court seeking to block his expulsion from the party.

The court case is the clearest indication of the hardening of attitudes between the two warring camps.
This comes after his predecessor, Samonyane Ntsekele, who lost elections at the February elective conference, wrote to him asking him to justify why the party should not send him packing.

Hlaele filed the application last Friday asking the High Court to order Ntsekele to stop sending him letters of dismissal because a dispute over election results is still pending before the courts.

Hlaele told the court that Ntsekele was abusing the corporate veil of the ABC national executive committee and the party as a whole to persecute him.

He also asked the court to declare that Ntsekele does not have any rights or authority to decide and determine matters relating to Hlaele’s authority to act on behalf of the national executive committee and the ABC.

He asked the court to direct Ntsekele or alternatively the ABC and the NEC to pay the costs of the suit should they oppose his application.
Hlaele and Ntsekele were both members of the ABC’s outgoing committee, which was replaced on February 2 during the party’s elective conference.

Ntsekele was the party’s secretary general while Hlaele was his deputy.
After the conference Hlaele emerged the winner and became the secretary general while Ntsekele was voted out.
Two other contestants for positions in the national executive committee challenged the election results and the case is still pending in the High Court.

Hlaele signed court papers on behalf of the national executive committee, whose election is being challenged in court.
Ntsekele, in his capacity as the secretary-general of the outgoing committee, wrote to Hlaele asking him to justify why he should not be kicked out of the party for signing the papers.

Hlaele’s wrongdoing was allegedly presenting himself as the party’s secretary general.
Hlaele’s lawyers wrote back, saying the issue was still in the hands of the court.
“The judicial system should be afforded an opportunity to decide,” wrote Hlaele’s lawyers.

“I have also been advised that the Respondents’ conduct fly in the face of the sub-judice rule, which is an extension of our law,” Hlaele argued.

“This rule dictates that the proper administration of justice may not be prejudiced or interfered with,” he said.
“It prescribes that conduct which prejudices the administration of justice in pending proceedings is in effect a contempt of court,” he argued.

He said any conduct of the respondents based on the letter Ntsekele wrote will amount to contempt of court.
Ntsekele hit back through his lawyers, saying the issue at hand was not before the courts.

Itumeleng Khoete

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