It has long been said that knowledge is power. What, then, is more disempowering than when one’s impression is that the governing laws of the country in which one resides are inaccessible? It is from gleaning this general outlook that Bonolo Omphile Selelo, an admitted attorney in the courts of Botswana, was prompted to intercept this trend in the status quo.
While the law is an instrument of the state to assist in governance and protection, it has long remained the preserve of those who use it against others, or those who find themselves facing its wrath. In her elementary education years, the young Selelo harboured grand dreams of becoming a lawyer, albeit without full knowledge of what that entailed then. Taylor Hackford’s 1997 supernatural horror film, The Devil’s Advocate – starring Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron – risked her abandoning this aspiration, she shares anecdotally, as it made her “believe that lawyers were evil”.
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