Thakaso attacks Phafane

Thakaso attacks Phafane

MASERU – CONTROVERSIAL politician and businessman, Mohau Thakaso, wants Parliament to investigate what he calls ‘state capture’ by Advocate Salemane Phafane (KC).
Thakaso, who is also the leader of White Horse Party, wants the Law Society of Lesotho investigated for allegedly refusing to discipline Phafane despite filing several complaints against him.
His request and a battery of complaints are contained in a letter to Parliament’s Law committee on December 12, 2018. He said members of the Law Society of Lesotho deliberately contravened the Constitution and the Legal Practitioners Act of 1983.

He said Advocate Phafane in particular “even boasted in the Law Society elective conference way back in 2010 that they all cheat”.
“I have on a number of occasions written to the Law Society complaining about the very conduct of Adv Phafane but sadly I have not been responded to,” Thakaso said.
He said he also took the matter to the Ministers of Law and Constitutional Affairs in 2003 and 2004 but he did not get a response.
Thakaso accused Phafane of illegally selling his car and pocketing his money without an attorney’s briefing.
But Advocate Phafane has described Thakaso’s allegations as blatant lies.

He said Thakaso is unhappy because he was representing his opponents in a case involving the ownership of PC FM. The lawyer said Thakaso has a penchant for bringing frivolous cases to court.
He also denied that he appeared before judges without being briefed by attorneys when he had cases in court.

“He would have objected in court if I had no attorney’s briefing. He should have asked his lawyer to object right in court not after the case has been decided,” Advocate Phafane said.
“If I were in an office in Maseru I would show you that all the papers that I have appeared in court with have been signed by the attorneys”.
He said Thakaso is bitter after losing a series of cases over the ownership of PC FM.

In the letter, Thakaso said the country is where it is today “because Lesotho laws are there on paper but are ineffective in as far as some citizens are more equal than others and there is no implementation”.

“This attitude of the Law Society of ignoring justice is ploughing fear and discontent in my already uncertain and bleeding heart,” he said.
Advocate Phafane said Thakaso’s car was sold to pay the costs of a civil case he had lost.
He denied that he pocketed the money as Thakaso alleged.

Thakaso, Advocate Phafane said, has a habit of writing letters of complaint.
The Minister of Law and Constitutional Affairs Lebohang Hlaele said he has not received any complaints from Thakaso.
He said if he complains of anything regarding the administration of justice, he should approach the Minister of Justice.

The President of the Law Society Advocate Tekane Maqakachane said he is fully aware of the dispute involving Thakaso and PC FM.
He confirmed that Thakaso once wrote to the Law Society complaining about Advocate Phafane.
“I know he was answered though I cannot remember how he was answered,” he said.

“Not unless he has got another issue that I do not know”.
The letter has been copied to the President of the Law Society, Attorney General, Director of Public Prosecutions, Minister of Justice, Commissioner of Police and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Majara Molupe

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