Afriforum opposes Motata’s reinstatement application

2011-11-24 14:32

Lobby group Afriforum said it will oppose an application by convicted drunk driver Nkola Motata to be permitted to preside as a judge again.

This came after Motata delivered court documents to the Minister of Justice and the Judicial Service Commission earlier this week asking to be considered to practise as a judge.

“In his court application, Motata claims it is unfair that he is deprived of the right to officiate as a judge,” Afriforum said in a statement today.

He is understood to have asked the North Gauteng High Court to issue an order authorising him to be reinstated to his position.Motata, the controversial High Court Judge, was placed on special leave pending a disciplinary investigation following his conviction on a drunk driving charge in 2009.

He crashed his luxury Jaguar into Richard Baird’s garden wall in the northern suburbs of Joburg in 2007.

Baird took photographs of the visibly intoxicated Motata with his cell phone in which the judge made racist remarks towards him and other bystanders. The video material was used during Motata’s trial and led to his conviction.

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