Misconduct probe for wall-crash judge

Judge Nkola Motata
File picture: Veli Nhlapo

Complaints of judicial misconduct are finally going to be heard against retired Judge Nkola Motata‚ who was convicted of drunk driving after crashing into a wall.

A tribunal convened by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will probe complaints that he used racist language at the crash scene and breached judicial ethics by putting an untrue defence before the court during his drunk driving trial.

The hearing will begin on Wednesday.

Motata crashed his Jaguar into the wall of a home in Hurlingham‚ Johannesburg‚ in the early hours of January 6 2007.

He allegedly made racist comments at the scene of the accident.

Following his conviction in 2009 and a fine‚ two complaints were laid against him, one by minority rights group AfriForum and another by senior counsel Gerrit Pretorius.

AfriForum complained that his comments at the scene had been racist‚ while Pretorius said he had breached judicial ethics by presenting a defence that he knew to be untrue.

A complaint of judicial misconduct could result in the impeachment of Motata.

– TimesLIVE

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