By Staff Writers

Government Secretary (GS) Moahloli Mphaka has announced the date for the burial of former President of the Court of Appeal Justice Michael Ramodibeli.

The burial will be on Saturday, August 24.

“The late Honourable Justice Ramodibeli will be given an official funeral service that will be held on Friday 23 August 2019 at Maseru Club grounds in Maseru,” said Mphaka in a statement on Tuesday.

He said after the official service, “the remains of the late Honourable Justice Ramodibeli will be repatriated to Lady Brand in the Republic of South Africa where the family will continue with the normal service and burial on Saturday, 24 August 2019 at 09H00”.

Ramodibeli died on August 14 in Johannesburg.

He was born on 24 April 1945 in Lesobeng, Thaba-Tseka.

He studied law at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (UBLS), now National University of Lesotho (NUL).

He went on to do his LLB at Edinburgh University in Scotland and he was subsequently admitted as an advocate in Lesotho where he practiced as such from 1974 to 1984 when he was admitted as an attorney.

He was elevated to the bench as Judge of the High Court of Lesotho in 1996 and four years later he was appointed acting Judge of Appeal.

He was appointed the first ever full-fledged Mosotho Court of Appeal judge in 2002 and became president of the same court in 2008; becoming the first Mosotho to hold the office of the president of the Court of Appeal.

He resigned in April 2014 in the face of impeachment.

He also served as President of the Court of Appeal in Seychelles from 2004 to 2006.

He served as Judge of Appeal in Swaziland from 2006 to 2009.

From 2006 to 2012, he served as Judge of the Court of Appeal in Botswana. He was Chief Justice of Swaziland between 2009 and 2015.

“The Government of Lesotho extends heartfelt condolences to His Majesty King Letsie III, Ramodibeli’s family and the nation at large,” Mphaka said. NW

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