Pretoria magistrate fired for yawning - report

2015-08-24 10:11


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Pretoria - A magistrate was dismissed after being found guilty of misconduct following complaints that she "yawned shamelessly in court", according to a report on Monday.

The Star newspaper reported that Ndileka Ndamase lost a bid in the High Court in Pretoria to have her conviction on 11 misconduct charges set aside.

Complaints against her included yawning in court and "looking uninterested in proceedings".

She said, however, that she was being discriminated against because she was black. She said almost all the complaints against her came from white, Afrikaans-speaking people.

But Judge Neil Tuchten pointed out that this was untrue, to which she replied that she simply did not trust white people for historic reasons.

The judge seemed unimpressed, saying she had appointed a white advocate to represent her.

The Sowetan reported in April 2012 that she had been found guilty of 11 charges of misconduct after an investigation by the Magistrate’s Commission.

It ruled she did not conduct herself with dignity and was disrespectful to her seniors.

Among other things, she "yawned with an open mouth without putting one hand in front of her mouth. The magistrate yawned continuously, was about to fall asleep and did not take note [of] what was happening".

Sapa reported in 2012 that she also complained that black people had to pay more bail money than white people.

The Citizen reported last year that she said in court papers the chief magistrate, Desmond Nair, took sides with whites and was purposely trying to destroy black magistrates.

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