Industrial Court to Persevere Under Strain

| May 28, 2015

The registrar of the Industrial Court, Dr Patrick Makgabenyana, says his institution will continue to provide a good service to the nation despite some challenges.

Presenting before the ongoing Public Accounts Committee (PAC) session on Tuesday (May 26), Dr Makgabenyana said they were trying everything within their power to deal with pending cases, which took some time including the newly registered ones.

He said around 2008, there were an influx of registered trade disputes throughout the country and as such took some time to resolve.

In view of this, he concurred with PAC member, Mr Dithapelo Keorapetse, that the Industrial Court needed more judges, courts and other trained personnel for effective expeditious service delivery.

He further noted that they needed to further benchmark against rules of court especially from Zambia to make the rules user-friendly and up date with the current situation.

Meanwhile, Dr Makgabenyana said it would be a good development to have a similar arrangement of appointing judges as it is done with those appointed to High Court through recommendations to the President for consideration. He however, opinioned that such recommendations were not binding to the President.

Asked further by Mr Keorapetse whether he does see it appropriate to have an appeals court for Industrial court, he said that will be an appropriate move because such a court will have its focus squarely on labour issues unlike today where matters are taken to Court of Appeal which presides over different maters such as criminal, civil and labour issues.

Although the committee chairman, Mr Abram Kesupile felt that the compilation of the report did not follow the PAC Guidelines, he appreciated efforts made so far by the Industrial Court. He aised the accounting officer to meet with the secretary of the committee for guidance.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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