KZN judge president quits

2014-12-14 13:17

Johannesburg - KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Chiman Patel will leave his post at the end of the year, the Sunday Times reported.

While Patel declined to explain his decision, he told the newspaper a recent charge of crimen injuria brought against him had emotionally affected him.

"It must hurt me," he said.

The charge, which was brought against him by a clerk who alleged that Patel had called her "nonsense, trash" and a "useless person" in his chambers, was withdrawn by the National Prosecuting Authority in the Durban Regional Court this week.

Marumo Moerane, for Patel, told the Sunday Times that the case stemmed from an "improper motive" and that Patel was treated "like a common criminal".

Patel has served as provincial judge president for three years.

  • Ntsike Thokozani Dlamini - 2014-12-14 13:27


  • Adv Goitseone Legoete - 2014-12-14 14:02

    How did he want to be treated?

      deepchund.ramchurren - 2014-12-14 18:21

      Treated like No 1 after squandering R246m of taxpayers money.

  • Willie Buitendag - 2014-12-14 14:31

    Treated with respect and dignity. One of the most humble people that I have met.

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-14 20:39

      What is wrong with people these days? The smallest thing can trigger a vicious witch hunt. I have seen where displeasure at work performance was expressed in a very neutral and respectful way. The next thing all he broke lose as the person being corrected had gone to the shop steward and accused the poor man of shouting and calling her names. Guess what. He was made to apologize and he was branded as a racist. The psychological suffering is enormous as it attacks his fundamental core with lies. I hope that this Judge President is able to clear his name

  • Idris Suleman - 2014-12-14 17:20

    It's fine Mr. Patel-hope u weren't pushed. Either way you overstayed your welcome, not the right name to qualify as a BBBEEE candidate

      deepchund.ramchurren - 2014-12-14 18:20

      He should change his name, Chiman to Chiliza, Patel to Phumlela.

  • Ruth Logie - 2014-12-14 19:26

    What malicious comments! The fact that he was charged and had to appear in court is proof that no-one is above the law. Oh, I forgot. Zuma is. It was Patel's spokesman who complained that he was treated like a common criminal, not him. With his influence, I'm sure he could have made the charges "go away", but he didn't. He appeared in court to answer the charges, like a man; unlike some I could mention. He hasn't gone to the press to attack his accuser. He has behaved with perfect dignity,according to the letter and spirit of the law. The joke is on the NPA. They took on a stupid, petty case that had no hope of succeeding in court, due to lack of evidence. They should have referred the matter to the CCMA, that's the first stop for labour disputes. What was the supervisor at the NPA thinking? Prosecutor: "We want to prosecute a high-profile public figure for crimen injuria, sir." Boss: "Excellent! It's about time some of those corrupt politicians were brought to book! Pity it's not fraud, but crimen injuria is a good start. What is the evidence?" Presecutor: "Er, there isn't any evidence as such, sir. And it's not a politician, sir." Boss: "Witnesses? Voice recording?" Prosecutor: "Um, not per se, sir." Boss: "You idiot! You want to spend taxpayers' money on a case that will be thrown out of court!" Prosecutor: "Well sir, we were kind of hoping.. that he would settle out of court for a hefty sum, sir. You know, embarrassment and all, sir." Boss: "Money, eh? Go for it, son!"

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