Judge Motata still receives salary after drunk driving conviction

2014-07-14 08:25

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While investigation into complaints against drink-and-drive High Court Judge Nkola Motata are on hold, he continues to stay at home and earn a monthly salary.

Lusanda Ntuli of the office of the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said Motata had not been released from service, the Star reported today.

“He is still receiving a monthly salary,” Ntuli said.

The Judicial Conduct Tribunal probing a complaint of racism against Motata was postponed in February pending a challenge to legislation relating to the tribunal.

The section of the act being challenged empowered the tribunal’s president to appoint a National Prosecuting Authority official to collect evidence on the tribunal’s behalf.

The tribunal was to probe Motata’s conduct after he crashed his car into the wall of businessman Richard Baird’s Johannesburg property in January 2007. Motata was found guilty of drunk driving in 2009.

He allegedly said while drunk: “No boer is going to undermine me; this used to be the white man’s land but it isn’t any more.”

He also allegedly told a metro policeman not to support a white man.

He went to the High Court in Pretoria to stop the Judicial Service Commission from probing the complaint about his remarks but his application was unsuccessful.

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