Motata guilty of drunken driving

2009-09-02 11:55

NORTH Gauteng High Court Judge Nkola Motata was found guilty of

drunken driving by the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court today.

“I find that you were under the influence of an intoxicating liquor

at the time of a crash into a wall,” said Magistrate Desmond Nair.

He said audio recordings taken at the scene of the accident brought

to mind the saying “if a picture told a thousand words” but “the audio

recordings told ten thousand words”.

Nair said Motata was acquitted of the other charges – of

obstructing the ends of justice and an alternative charge for resisting


He said he could not find that Motata had an “intention” to hinder

justice but rather he was more “difficult and quarrelsome” because he was


In terms of the alternative charge of resisting arrest Nair said he

could not find a criminal intent to do this and also that police were

inconsistent about who actually read him his rights.

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