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IN CONTEMPT OF COURT: Keletso Mokobi

IN CONTEMPT OF COURT: Keletso Mokobi

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.


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Keletso-Mokobi

23 Responses to “TROUBLED LAWYER FACES JAIL”

  1. cheerful 2014/02/01

    “Once a strong and independent woman, Mokobi’s seemingly bright future darkened after she lost her husband in a freak accident.”
    “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.”

    empathise with Keletso her mother who divorced her father at the time of his death does not seem to bring the children together. The mother seems very interested in the material things and it could be possible that the other family members are ganging up against her .

    This scenario is very similar from my point of view Like Gift Ncube who lost his arms to a Brutal Employer who has never paid him since NO ONE SEEMS TO CARE ABOUT DEALING WITH ISSUES IN A PROPER MANNER – THEY DO NOT SEEM TO HEAR BOTH SIDES OF THE COIN – ONLY THE SIDE THAT HAS THE MONEY

    “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.” THE SON IS OBSERVING HOW OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY ARE TREATING HIS MOTHER AND WHEN HE IS GROWN UP ……….

  2. cheerful 2014/02/01

    WHAT IS SO SAD AND FIND STRANGE ABOUT KELETSO’S STORY IS THAT NONE OF THE PEOPLE SHE WORKED WITH CAN OFFER HER EMPLOYMENT SO SHE CAN START AFRESH AND TRY TO REBUILD HER LIFE TO EDUCATE HER CHILDREN INCLUDING MEMBERS OF HER OWN FAMILY -THE CHILDREN SHOULD ALSO BE IN SCHOOL AND HAVING A PERMANENT PLACE WITH THEIR MOTHER

  3. cheerful 2014/02/01

    keep your chin up girl

  4. thabsdk 2014/02/03

    there is only one side of the story here,the Voive shud also interview the family members,re tle re bone sentle gore mme gone matsapa di a tsaya kae.

  5. cheerful 2014/02/03

    do recall reading the first article where the mother of the so called disgraced lawyer – not sure why they are using the word DISGRACED asked the son from a previous relationship who was keeping the boy to take her to hospital – arise MRS. BOUQUET rather BUCKET!!
    No one in their right senses will see their flesh and blood suffering moving from door to door and being made homeless,especailly after losing their husband whether it is from a freak accident or natural causes there seems to be a lot of backstabbing which is the norm when families fight over Deceased Estates – but one would just think that someone somewhere would be supportive in the interests of the two children
    WHY ARE THE CHILDREN NOT AT SCHOOL???

  6. cheerful 2014/02/03

    No one in their right senses will see their flesh and blood suffering moving from door to door and being made homeless,especailly after losing their husband whether it is from a freak accident or natural causes there seems to be a lot of backstabbing which is the norm when families fight over Deceased Estates – but one would just think that someone somewhere would be supportive in the interests of the two children
    WHY ARE THE CHILDREN NOT AT SCHOOL???

  7. cheerful 2014/02/03

    WHY ARE THE CHILDREN NOT AT SCHOOL???
    why is the person HOMELESS??
    Why is the person not working??

  8. Mothoosele- 2014/02/04

    Compassionate, just and caring nation….. What a mirage that is!!!

  9. cheerful 2014/02/05

    It is also good for Keletso in another way because she will know from now on who her true friends are because those are the ones that stick with you when times are difficult and not only when you have all the material things
    For crying out loud she is a lawyer by profession

  10. Boboza 2014/02/06

    I do agree with wanting the other side of the coin. Borra Malome le Borrangwane. The inlaws what are you saying about your son’s blood (Bana)? Is there nothing at all you can do about this. lets hear what you have to say about this. Surely Keletso o tsetswe la reng. For God sake batho this is not human at all unless otherwise there are some hidden agendas here. My heart bleed for your Kele!! but you should know that the dead do not sleep. you are not alone in this battle.

  11. cheerful 2014/02/07

    In a society where material things are the ROOT OF ALL EVIL ( where one can buy anyone under the counter!)expect it to happen when it should not prevail.
    Why the mother has no affection for her own daughter – SIMPLE IF YOUR DAUGHTER, WHO IS WIDOWED AND HER CHILDREN DO NOT HAVE A PLACE TO STAY AAND ARE NOT IN SCHOOL ALLOW THEM TO HAVE A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD IN ORDER TO PROGRESS WHERE SCHOOLING IS READILY AVAILABLE FOR THEM TO GO TO SCHOOL AND THE IN LAWS IF THEIR ARE NOT HEARTLESS PEOPLE COULD ALSO CHIP IN NOW AND THEN

    THIS LADY HAS WORKED WITH PROMININET PEOPLE THEY EVEN CANNOT EVEN OFFER HER EMPLOYMENT – TOO SNOBBY PERHAPS BECAUSE OF THEIR STATUS???

  12. cheerful 2014/02/07

    ” Half an hour later, the police turned up, and then my brother Unami and his wife also turned up.”

    THE BROTHER DOES NOT EVEN SEEM CO-OPERATIVE FOR HIS FLESH AND BLOOD HOW STRANGE…….HE SEEMS QUITE CONTENT LIKE HIS MOTHER TO SEE HIS SISTER HOMELESS MOVING FROM DOOR TO DOOR

    Keletso could write a book about her experiences

  13. cheerful 2014/02/07

    “Half an hour later, the police turned up, and then my brother Unami and his wife also turned up.”

    ONE ASKS IF THE WIFE OF THE BROTHER HAS HAD A WORD WITH THE BROTHER TO SAY YOUR SISTER SHOULD NOT BE MOVING FROM DOOR TO DOOR AND BEING HOMELESS AND ADVISING HIM TO DO THE PROPER THING

  14. cheerful 2014/02/07

    Someone should be consulting with Keletso about the Childrens Schooling
    as it is her children

  15. cheerful 2014/02/08

    Keletsos mother and members of her family are causing Keletso alot of stress because of their hidden agendas the case seems about alot of greed behind the scenes and family members do not want to come clean about certain issues like assisting Keletso and her children

  16. cheerful 2014/02/13

    There does not seem to be any family members coming to the forefront to act as mediators
    Keletso son has lost sight in one of his eyes and one wonders if he is getting the medical attention he requires

    IF YOU CAN ASSIST KELETSO REBUILD HER LIFE FOR THE SAKE OF HER TWO CHILDREN PICK UP THE PHONE AND THE VOICE WILL SIGNPOST YOU TO THEM

  17. cheerful 2014/02/20

    The two children should be with Keletso END OF STORY there should be no backstabbing and trying to run her down for the sake of the material wealth at stake like the Social Services etc. both parties should be brought together by someone and let them sort things out in a CIVILISED WAY instead of people relaying msges from ONE PARTY to the OTHER

  18. pretty 2014/02/21

    nna I still don’t understand exactly what is happening,Keletso is a lawyer by proffesion but she is treated like trash,does it mean that she is only relying on her father`s property,cant she look for a job le ha ele ko choppies a jesa bana,what I kno is bana ga ba kake ba wela mo isong mmaabo ale teng unless a se mentally fit.so that they go to school,o tla seka boswa a ntse a bereka.Mind u she d still be a lawyer a nna mo servant`s quarter.she will leave to tell her story.

  19. cheerful 2014/02/21

    What seems to be the problem are the family they seem bent on greed and not caring to share material things
    There seems to be a lot of backstabbing coming from family members she now has another problem on her hands in that the son has lost his sight in one eye Keletso mother and brothers seem to be the ROOT CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM , BEING VINDICTIVE AND CONTROLLING WHEN IT COMES TO THE MATERIAL THINGS THIS SHOULD HAVE NEVER OCCURRED THEY SHOULD BE SUPPORTIVE THE IN LAWS ARE ALSO NOT PLAYING THEIR PART IN BEING SUPPORTIVE SURELY THE MOTHER OR THE BROTHER SHOULD PUT KELETSO AND HER CHILDREN UP INSTEAD OF HER MOVING DOOR TO DOOR
    Keletso has worked with prominent people but because of her situation they seem they do not want to know her because you get people like that when when one lives in an ARROGANT AND DISHONEST SOCIETY WHERE MATERIAL THINGS COUNT and you fall ROCK BOTTOM people do not want to know you but this is the time WHEN ONE KNOWS THEIR TRUE FRIENDS

    THE LAW FIRMS SHOULD BE SNAPPING HER UP

  20. cheerful 2014/02/21

    KELETSO’S MOTHER SHOULD AGE GRACEFULLY IN A MANNER THAT SHE SHOWS CONCERN FOR KELETSO AND HER CHILDREN

  21. cheerful 2014/02/21

    THE WOMENS SHELTER SHOULD KEEP KELETSO AND NOT LISTEN TO ANY MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY IF THIS IS THE CASE

  22. cheerful 2014/02/21

    CAN IMAGINE THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECT THIS IS HAVING ON KELETSO’S CHILDREN ONE MINUTE THEY ARE WITH THE MOTHER THE NEXT MINUTE SOMEONE IS TRYING TO SEPARATE THEM FROM THEIR MOTHER GOODNESS GRACIOUS LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD
    IF IT WAS DONE TO YOUR CHILDREN BET THEIR WOULD BE THE WINGING AND MOANING

  23. cheerful 2014/02/22

    the family members SOUND VERY VERY SELFISH towards Keletso and her two children

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