Mosito impeachment proceedings postponed

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Appeal Court President Justice Kananelo Mosito
Appeal Court President Justice Kananelo Mosito

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A THREE-MEMBER tribunal probing tax-evasion allegations against suspended Court of Appeal President, Justice Kananelo Mosito, has postponed proceedings to 17 October 2016.

The tribunal is comprised of chairperson Justice Frederik Daniel Jacobus Brand, Justice Noel Victor Hurt, and Justice John Godfrey Foxcroft all from South Africa.

It was appointed by King Letsie III in February this year, at the advice of Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, to investigate Justice Mosito who is accused of failing to pay income tax between 1996 and 2014.

The postponement was made after Justice Mosito on Tuesday last week lost a case in which he wanted the High Court to compel the government to provide documents related to charges he faces in the impeachment trial.

The suspended judge was then ordered to file his defence statement by Friday last week for the proceedings that were scheduled to start on Monday this week.

According to the agreement reached by all parties concerned on Monday, it was not practicable for the proceedings to have begun on Monday after the defence statement had been filed last Friday.

This is the second time the proceedings were postponed after the first deferment on 7 March 2016.

The government wants to impeach Justice Mosito after the Director of Public Prosecutions, King’s Counsel Leaba Thetsane, preferred the charges against the suspended judge.

The government says it would not be in the interest of justice that Justice Mosito continues holding office when there are such serious allegations against him.

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