Motata still getting salary while probe is on

2014-07-14 08:33
Nkola Motata (File, Sapa)

Nkola Motata (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - While an 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, the Star reported on Monday.

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

"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 anymore."

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

He went to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to stop the JSC from probing the complaint about his remarks, but his application was unsuccessful.

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