MASERU (TNS) – The decision by the Public Service Commission to retire the former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Leaba Thetsane from the public service has sparked a legal battle between him and the Commission.
A letter addressed to Thetsane from the Public Service Commission states that Thetsane’s retirement commences “with effect from January 17, 2018”, a decision that prompted Thetsane to lodge an application to the High Court.
In the court papers, Thetsane said the government decided to retire him with only M486,642 but the actual figure should be M684,299 when his retirement is due in July.
However, now that the government is sending him on forced retirement, Thetsane says he would settle for M1,202,441 from the government.
In his notice of motion, Thetsane argues that the decision to retire him should be nullified as it violates the provisions of sections 14 (4) (5) (6) read with 155 (4) (a) of the Lesotho Constitution, 1993.
The case will be heard by a panel of three judges on February 27 and it will be before Justices ‘Maseshophe Hlajoane, Lebohang Molete, and Sakoane Sakoane.