Maseru – The Minister of Law, Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights Honourable Lebohang Hlaele has announced that Advocate Hlalefang Motinyane is the acting Director of Public Prosecutions DPP.
Addressing a press conference in Maseru, Honourable Hlaele explained that following the leave pending retirement of the DPP Advocate Leaba Thetsane KC, the Ministry realised that the office cannot be vacant and therefore recommended Advocate Motinyane as the acting DPP and the Public Service Commission has confirmed her appointment.
He added that Advocate Motinyane has been recommended based on her young age, energy, her commitment and dedication to work, as well as the need to showcase her capabilities as a lawyer.
The Minister explained that the Ministry has agreed with Advocate Thetsane that he shall be on leave from October 05, this year until July 27, 2018 and that government is currently working on his retirement package and benefits, while it is also considering who will occupy the DPP‘s office on a permanent basis.
He also revealed that the Ministry has withdrawn its mandate with foreign lawyers after realising that government spends a lot of money on their fees while a large number of local lawyers could handle cases they were dealing with, and the Ministry is currently considering which local Lawyers could be assigned to cases that were held by foreign lawyers.
He further announced that the Ministry has withdrawn, under the advice of the acting DPP, a criminal case against Dr. Kananelo Mosito KC after she realised that the case has been shelved for a long time without any prosecution.
Speaking during the same briefing, the Ministry’s Principal Secretary Advocate ‘Mole Khumalo said the Ministry is committed to make all legal instruments readily available in places like the Government Printing, for society’s perusal and it is also working with the Judiciary to ensure that cases are speedily heard in courts.