LATE MAGISTRATE’S MEMORIAL SERVICE CHARACTERISED BY LAUGHTER
Contrary to public expectations, the memorial service of Regional Magistrate Lorraine ‘Lolo’ Makati-Lesang who died in Nigeria was characterised by laughter and not tears.
Members of the public had expected a tearful mourning on Wednesday when the legal fraternity held a memorial services at the Francistown High Court to mourn their late colleague.
The woman whom many described as a legal think tank, died in Lagos Nigeria.
The local media had alleged that she died while at the prayer line of Prophet TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos, a thing the church vehemently denied.
Her colleagues, friends, family and members of the public who converged at the High Court for the service punctuated mourning songs and sermons with laughter and words of praise.
A public officer, who did not want to be named, told The Voice she had expected a tearful mourning for the late magistrate.
“To be honest, I came here wanting to mourn, wanting to cry, but when I got here, the spirit got over me and I realized that the best way to mourn Mma Lesang is to celebrate her life through song and dance.”
Makati-Lesang will be laid to rest this Saturday in Mogoditshane.
WHAT LEGAL PRACTITIONERS SAID ABOUT MAKATI-LESANG
JUSTICE MODIRI LETSIDIDI
Francistown High Court Judge, Justice Modiri Letsididi said Makati-Lesang leaves behind a legacy of wisdom derived from judgments she passed during a career that spans for a period of almost 15 years.
“Her understanding of the law was out of this world,” said Justice Letsididi amid a thunderous round of applause from the gathering at the memorial service.
Justice Letsididi added: “In addition, she constructively contributed to the delivery of justice in the country.”
MAGISTRATE GAEDUPE MAKGATHO
Acting Regional Magistrate (North) Gaedupe Makgatho described the late Makati-Lesang as a person who was accessible to anybody.
To him, Makati-Lesang was not the “untouchable” kind of a person.
“This is despite her seniority at work. Any officer could access her anytime,” said the man, who is likely to fill the big shoes left by Makati-Lesang.
For his part, Tshekiso Tshekiso who represented the Northern Bar Association said; “She was very fair, firm, compassionate and accommodative to anybody.”
Tshekiso said Makati-Lesang was enthusiastic about her work. “It was not easy to categorize Mma Lesang as pro-state because she was always fair and firm all the time,” said Tshekiso.
A prosecutor with the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Antoinette Kula, who ones shared a room with the late magistrate during their University days said she is what she is today because of Makati-Lesang.
Letlhakane Senior Magistrate Ishmael Molobe said Makati-Lesang was a leader and not a boss.
She guided her subordinates and never issued directives without explaining, he said.