Saturday, September 23, 2023

Court slams RSA for spurning Botswana’s “Butterfly” case

South Africa’s High Court last week rebuked the country’s Justice Minister Ronald Lamula for turning up his nose at Botswana’s Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) request  over the P100 billion allegedly stolen from the Bank of Botswana.

Ruling in favour of Botswana in its long-running dispute with South Africa over the matter,  South Africa’s High Court found that Lamola, South Africa’s Minister of Justice and Correctional Services failed “to get the matter settled.”

Handing down his judgement, Justice Joseph Raulinga was skeptical of how South Africa handled Botswana’s application for MLA. He rebuked Lamola and others for failing “to cooperate with the respondent (Botswana’s Directorate of Public Prosecutions).”

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