Thabane’s daughter fumes over postponement

Thabane’s daughter fumes over postponement

MASERU – PRIME Minister Thomas Thabane’s daughter, ’Mabatšoeneng Hlaele, who is representing a faction aligned to her husband, is unhappy after the High Court postponed the case to next week.
Hlaele, a prominent attorney, is married to Lebohang Hlaele who has fallen out with Thabane over the control of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) party.

Justice Mahase postponed the case to Monday after the outgoing ABC national executive committee said its lawyer, Advocate Ranale Thoahlane, was sick and could not attend court.
Thoahlane was said to have sustained injuries when he was involved in a car accident on Thursday last week on his way from the state funeral of High Court judge Justice ’Maseshophe Hlajoane.

But the decision to postpone the case infuriated Hlaele who accused Thoahlane of playing games to evade the case.
She told Justice Mahase that she did not believe that Thoahlane was really sick as he indicated.
She said according to the letter Thoahlane sent, he was involved in a car accident on his way to Justice Hlajoane’s funeral last Thursday, hence he requested the case to be postponed as he was on sick leave.

Hlaele explained that from what they see, Thoahlane was “not as sick as he said he was as he was seen in court after the accident and was also seen around the court a few days during this week”.
“I do not believe that he is sick as he said he was. What surprises us is that he was supposed to be sick last week but he only informed us today that he is sick,” Hlaele said.
“For that matter, there is no proof of medical aid or injuries occurred that he sustained,” she said.
She said as lawyers representing the incoming committee, they were willing to settle the matter as the case was urgent and had to be treated with urgency.

“But from what I see, some people take this as a joke or as a football playground,” she said.
Hlaele further explained that before the court could sit, Justice Mahase made a ruling that both parties should settle the matter out of court and come back to give her the agreement.
But from what transpired, there was no agreement because of failure by the two parties to settle the matter.
She said as they were ready to proceed with the case on Tuesday, Thoahlane’s letter came to their offices at around 10:57 am when the case was set to proceed at 11:00 am on the same day.

“From my knowledge, Advocate Thoahlane was sick on March 16 but the date of sick leave comes to us today, how is that possible? He is pushing for a postponement, yet this case is an urgent one,” she said.
She said the applicants, being the outgoing committee, are happy for the postponement hence they were dancing to the music sang by Thoahlane seeking a postponement of the case.
Hlaele said the case should not be postponed but proceed in the absence of the lawyer.
However, Advocate Ramapha Seperiti, on behalf of the outgoing committee, argued that what was said by Hlaele was embarrassing.
He said he never thought Thoahlane’s colleagues would be so insensitive towards a colleague.

Itumeleng Khoete

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