By Nat Molomo
MASERU — The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has appointed the Mafetengbased
magistrate Moroke Alexis Mokhesi acting judge.
Mokhesi, who holds an LLM degree in corporate law from the Witwatersrand University, an LLB degree and a BA Law degree from the National University of Lesotho (NUL), was sworn in by the Acting Chief
Justice Tšeliso Monaphathi last month.
Welcoming the new judge at a ceremony attended by, among others, Judge of the Commercial Court Justice Lebohang Molete and the Mokhesi family, Justice Monaphathi said Mokhesi had been recommended by his colleagues in the judiciary.
“He has been appointed by the Judicial Service Commission as acting judge to solve some of the problems because of the shortages we have,” the Justice Monaphathi said.
Justice Monaphathi indicated that for the time being they need four judges more. However, the government had promised them two more judges.
While acting as a judge, Justice Mokhesi would also find time to wind up his cases in the Mafeteng Magistrate’s Court.
Justice Monaphathi told the new judge that he came not only at a time when there is a shortage of judges, but when there are so many changes that had taken place like the establishment of the Commercial Court,
which would need judges of Mokhesi’s caliber.
He said the new judge would have to compete internationally and understand the culture of human rights, international comparative law and acquaint himself with United Nations conventions.
Justice Mokhesi has been a magistrate since 2004.