Yawning magistrate in hot water
Johannesburg - A Pretoria magistrate has been rapped over the knuckles for yawning “shamelessly” in court, appearing to be about to fall asleep, and being disrespectful to her superiors.
Ndileka Ndamase was found guilty on 11 counts of misconduct by the Magistrate’s Commission, The Times reported on Tuesday.
The commission said magistrates should maintain their dignity and never lose their temper.
She had apparently yawned continuously in court and had appeared bored and about to fall asleep.
Following this, she wrote a letter to the chief magistrate in a tone that was deemed insulting.
She also refused to attend meetings with her senior manager, raised her voice and threw a transfer letter at a clerk.
Ndamase claimed she was being harassed and humiliated by the chief magistrate and said she was a victim of racial discrimination.
She will testify on Tuesday in mitigation of sentence.