Homeless woman violates court order to vacate father’s house, gets cited for contempt of court
The protracted bitter legal battle between disgraced lawyer, Keletso Mokobi and her family over a child custody and inheritance case is far from over.
Today she returns to Broadhurst Magistrates court with a strong possibility of being jailed for 14 days for contempt of court after her recent violation of a court order that was issued by Principal Magistrate Taboka Slave ordering her eviction from a disputed Plot 2574 in Gaborone’s Extention 9.
Once a strong and independent woman, Mokobi’s seemingly bright future darkened after she lost her husband in a freak accident.
The death of her ailing father later in 2010 further saw the ambitious lawyer’s career spiralling into oblivion as she transformed into a downtrodden, disinherited widow amidst a family fight for her late father’s P15 million estate.
Accusing her mother who was divorced from her father at the time of his death of colluding with her elder brother to disinherit her, the now 46-year old Mokobi has been in and out of court as a plaintiff and as a defendant for many years now.
At some point she lost custody of her then 10 year-old son to her brother, but was granted the custody last year after it was established that the boy was being abused.
But without a fixed abode, Mokobi struggled to provide proper parentage for the boy and his 18-year old sister.
She stayed briefly in Serowe but when her relatives could not keep her any longer she returned to Gaborone.
On January 21st she broke the rules and returned to the house that she had been banished from by the court. “When my mother saw me in the house, she did not say a word.
She just walked out. Half an hour later, the police turned up, and then my brother Unami and his wife also turned up.
The cops stayed up until midnight as I refused to leave. Finally, they arrested me again.
When my 13-year-old son intervened, sobbing and screaming at his grandmother to leave us alone the police finally left,” she said about one of many nasty experiences.
Mokobi says her mother then approached the court and made a fresh application before Magistrate Slave to have her jailed for contempt of court.
Despite her explanation Magistrate Slave ordered Mokobi’s eviction.
“My children insisted on leaving with me as they complain about my mother’s abuse and I was given a week for a return date, where I will finally get opportunity to defend the restraining order,” she said.
After the court ruling last week, Mokobi said she approached the Office of the President to seek help.
“After court, we ran to Office of the President, and Minister Masisi called the Director of Social Welfare, Ruth Radibe who collected us from there to my father’s house to collect our belongings. She then took us to Women’s Shelter.
Keletso’s case is expected to be heard before Magistrate Slave at Broadhurst magistrates court today.
Meanwhile her two children are not in school as the homeless mother continues to fight a long and frustrating court battle.