Still no decision on Motata

2011-05-30 08:50

The Judicial Services Commission (JSC) may reject a recommendation that a racism complaint against Judge Nkola Motata be referred to a tribunal.

Said JSC spokesperson Dumisa Ntsebeza: “The judicial conduct committee has sent through their recommendation that he must be referred to the tribunal.

“The commission will determine if they accept the recommendation. The board cannot just rubber-stamp [the recommendation]. The JSC could come to a different conclusion,” he said.

Ntsebeza said not all members were present when the JSC met about the matter on Saturday.

“All members must now get written submissions, because all of them were not there.”

He could not say how long it would take for the JSC to make a decision about Motata.

Civil rights organisation AfriForum lodged the complaint against Motata, who allegedly made racist remarks after crashing his car in 2007.

He was convicted of drunken driving two years later, but was still on extended leave with full pay.Justice Minister Jeff Radebe earlier this month said he believed Motata should remain on special leave until the JSC had concluded its investigation into the gross misconduct complaint laid by AfriForum, Independent Online reported.

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