IN THE HIGH COURT
In the matter of
LESOTHO NATIONAL INSURANCE COMPANY LTD Applicant
vJOYCE LEFOKA Respondent
Delivered by the Hon Mr Justice Sir Peter Allen on the
24th day of November, 1987
This is an application by way of Notice of Motion to
appoint trustees and to set up a trust fund for the benefit of the
daughter, a minor named Mamsy Lefoka who was seriously
injured in a traffic accident in February 1983 at Mafeteng when she
She lost one eye and now suffers from epilepsy, an
inability to walk properly, personality changes and some mental
The applicant insurance company decided to settle her
claim for compensation and it was eventually agreed to pay her a
of M29.796 00 of which M10.000 was to be paid into a trust
fund for the girl's benefit and the rest, M19,796 was paid in cash to
the respondent to use on behalf of and for the benefit of the girl.
The respondent agreed to these terms and she was asked to nominate
suitable trustees in addition to one nominated by the applicant, Mr.
P. T. Mafike the General Manager of Lesotho Bank in Maseru.
/She nominated ...
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She nominated Mr. W. Herbert, a businessman of Jandrell
Group in Mohale's Hoek, and Mr. Moletsane also of Mohale's Hoek.
agreed to act as trustees but Mr. Moletsane later withdrew
for personal reasons.
The respondent has so far delayed the appointment of
trustees and the setting up of the trust fund because she insisted
that the remaining
M10,000 should be paid directly to her instead of
into a trust fund. She claimed that it would be more convenient and
her to administer and use the money, especially in
However the applicant was not at all happy about this
because the respondent has apparently already spent and used the
of M19.796 which they considered should have been used
to maintain the girl for about three years. Instead the respondent
a van for M4,500 and built a three-roomed flat for about
M10,000 or more. She also used M2,000 for legal expenses.
The van was apparently supposed to be used to transport
the girl to Maseru for treatment and for nothing else. The flat was
rent as income, but this in fact is a very small amount
and clearly it will be a long time before the building costs are
Meanwhile that money has not been available and used for
the benefit of the girl as it was all intended to be. In my opinion
was a misuse of the girl's compensation and it involved a large
part of the total sum awarded. Clearly, in order to protect the
girl's interests it would be proper to arrange a trust fund and
proper handling of her remaining funds.
I do not consider that the respondent is the right
to be given complete control over the money.
/It may be ...
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It may be that she had good intentions but the results
so far have been unsatisfactory. Furthermore, since this application
in December 1986, the respondent has apparently made
representations to various prominent persons connected with
and elsewhere implying that the applicant is somehow
trying to cheat her and her daughter out of the money This is
and most improper behaviour since a matter like this
which has been brought to Court can only be dealt with and disposed
of by the
Court. There must be no outside interference or any
attempt to influence the way in which this matter is dealt with here.
The reason this matter has been delayed so long and so
unnecessarily is simply because of the intransigence of the
agreed to the original settlement, the payment of a
part of it to her in cash, and the setting up of a trust fund for the
But then she changed her mind and commenced campaigning
for a complete handover of all cash to herself.
Otherwise there was no reason for this application to be
disputed or delayed. The applicant has done all that it can be
to do on behalf of the girl and, if the respondent had
realised and accepted this fact, the trust fund could have been
over a year by now and the costs of this action would
have been avoided
Consequently I am satisfied that the proposed trust
arrangements are in the best interests of the minor Mamsy Lefoka Mr.
the General Manager of Lesotho Bank in Maseru and Mr.
W.A. Herbert of the
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Jandrell Group in Mohale's Hoek are both hereby
appointed as trustees in the trust for the benefit of Mamsy Lefoka
The trust now to be set up and the powers of the
trustees will be in accordance with paragraphs (b) (c) (d) (e) (f)
(g) and (h) of
the Notice of Motion Thus the application is granted
Since the application was opposed, in my opinion quite
unnecessarily, the applicant will receive its costs, but I would
the respondent's reaction to the application was
probably well-intentioned and more the result of ignorance and
the overall situation and purposes of the trust,
rather than any attempt to deprive the girl of any of her benefits,
it would be
a good action on the part of the applicant if it confines
the costs claimed to the absolutely bare minimum.
P. A. P. J. ALLEN JUDGE
24th November, 1987
Mr. Molete for the applicant Respondent in person
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