Staff members working for the customary courts have slimmer chances of progressing to the position of court president compared to retired government workers who apply for the post to work on contract.
Of 24 posts of court president countrywide, only 10 are held by officers who rose through the ranks while 14 are held by retired officers working on contract.
In one instance, a retired officer’s contract was renewed six times, blocking the progression path of his subordinates. In another case, two retired officers had their contracts renewed four times; four retired officers had their contracts renewed three times each.
It further emerged that the ages of serving court presidents range from fifty-six to eighty-one years. The minister of local government, however, told parliament this week that she did not see this as a motivating factor to the rest of the staff.
She was answering questions from MP for Tonota South, Pono Moatlhodi.