‘Victim’ accuses attorney, Joina of being bribed
A raging inheritance row between a well-known but unemployed human rights lawyer, Keletso Mokobi and her estranged mother, Sheila Mokobi took another twist last week with Keletso accusing her lawyer, Themba Joina of being bought by the mother.
Mokobi , 44, levelled the damning accusations against Joina, a well known lawyer and veteran politician after he had asked her to hand over her son to her arch rival and longtime sparring partner in court, Sheila Mokobi, 75, so that the boy’s grandmother could return him to a prestigious school he attended in SA until last term when Keletso pulled him out.
Angry and emotional Mokobi charged that she was utterly shocked by Joina’s sudden agreement with Sheila over certain things. “Since last week Themba has ignored me and refused to take instructions from me as her client. He ignored my email correspondence which indicated to him that a local school had awarded my son a place and the same school administration simply needed Themba to notify them of the legal guardian who will be paying school fees for the child to start attending classes.
“Instead he seemed to be conniving with Sheila to have my child sent back to school in SA where he was abused and where his prolonged stay would land me in jail for contempt of court.”
Narrating the devastating story of how her 11- year -old son ended up at a boarding school in the neighbouring country and why she was forced to stop his schooling abruptly, Keletso said: “Taking him to Pretoria was done out of the instincts of a protective mother. After my brother who was awarded custody of my son by the court after it was convinced by my family that I was insane, unemployable and incapable of looking after my children last year whipped him eight times on the back and Gaborone City Council social workers failed to intervene, the next best thing a mother could do was take him far away from our torturous.”
She said she however brought the child back to Gaborone after the boy also experienced abuse in SA and to avoid an imminent contempt of court charge because she had violated the court order not to remove the child from the jurisdiction of this country.
Speaking after she and her son had been escorted to the police station following her mother’s allegations that she had threatened to kill her own child and commit suicide Keletso further said: “It is very disempowering and frustrating when everybody including my lawyer and the police, not to mention the very people who are supposed to stand by my side like my father’s relatives such as reverend Felix Mokobi whose silence on what is happening to me and my children is deafening have been convinced that I am a deplorable, degenerate of society. The system has failed me by being reluctant to acknowledge that my mother was doing all she could to discredit me ahead of our protracted bitter fight for my late father’s P15 million estate,” she said
Dismissing his client’s accusations Joina said: “I would like to put it on record that I am doing this case Pro Bono and I haven’t received any payment either from the state, which is still processing my payment or from my client’s mother as alleged. I have not also received any instructions from my client as she purports otherwise I would have acted upon them.
“I only advised my client to let the child go back to school in SA until the end of the year because I was only acting on the interest of the child. I believe it’s in the interest of the child to be in school right now unless of course there’s a report from the social workers documenting the alleged abuse, which I haven’t seen so far and am not privy to her contempt of court charges”
Meanwhile council attorney, Tholoana Phooko said they were looking for Keletso to serve her with court papers for contempt of court.