Foreign Lawyers Subjected to Permits Requirements

Work permits are issued on evidence that a company has sought to recruit and give preference to Batswana candidates, normal security clearance and commitment to implement localisation plans, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Mr Edwin Batshu has told Parliament.

Mr Batshu said the requirements were set out in the Revised National Policy on Incomes, Employment, Prices and Profits of 2005.

He further said for subsequent issuance of work and residence permits, evidence of availability of and adherence of training and localisation plans were also a condition.

He noted that non-citizens in the law profession were subjected to those requirements.

Molepolole South MP, Dr Tlamelo Mmatli had asked the minister why foreign lawyers were granted work permits to practice as attorneys in Botswana when there were many unemployed citizens and those serving internship in different departments.

Source : Parliament