PS ordered to purge  ‘contemptuous conduct’

PS ordered to purge ‘contemptuous conduct’

MASERU – FOREIGN Affairs Principal Secretary has been ordered to purge his “contemptuous conduct” after he ignored a High Court order which was issued earlier this year.
Justice Tšeliso Monaphathi had issued an order against the ministry, then led by Nkopane Monyane as the Principal Secretary, not to recall policewoman ’Mamotebang Napo from the Lesotho’s embassy in Pretoria on March 21.

The High Court issued another order on Tuesday because the ministry had defied the order by continuing to recall her despite Justice Monaphathi’s earlier order.
Napo, who is working as a driver at the Lesotho High Commission in Pretoria, had filed an urgent application in the High Court challenging a decision by the government to recall her.
She obtained a final order declaring her recall null and void. The decision to reassign her from the embassy was also stayed.
That was after she argued that she was staying in Pretoria with her two daughters who were still in school.

She said her second child had not yet completed her high school and would only complete school around December next year.
She told the court that she would not be able to find her an alternative school in Lesotho.
Napo also said the re-assignment was also illegal as it had been “done without the involvement of the Ministry of Public Service”.

After the Foreign Affairs PS ignored Justice Monaphathi’s final order, Napo approached the High Court again with the same reasons for which she obtained an interim order on Tuesday.
In her affidavit she attached the May 18 letter from the PS which indicated that she was being recalled from the embassy back to Lesotho.

In the letter, Monyane who was still the PS in the ministry before he was shuffled to the Ministry of Police, told Napo that in her own admission, she remains a policewoman.
“The Ministry of Police, through which you substantially remain in the employ of Public Service, has decided to recall you to your substantive duties,” the letter reads.
He said the Foreign Affairs Ministry could not refuse “when your parent Ministry requires your services”.
According to Monyane’s letter, Napo should have been back home today.

Staff Reporter

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