Safe haven for judge

JUDGE Ronnie Pillay, 60, his wife, Nan, 56, and their three daughters moved to Walmer in 1997 due to a security threat, after Ronnie was appointed a judge.
“The department did a security investigation in Malabar where we lived and decided that it would be best for us to move,” said Ronnie.
It was a big change for the couple but they found it an easy transition.
Ronnie finds Walmer a “lovely neighbourhood” and the greenery is something that he has grown to enjoy.
Ronnie and Nan met in Malabar in the late ’70s through Nan’s late brother, with whom Ronnie played cricket. The lovebirds married in 1982.
Raising three daughters was no easy task for the couple, but it was a challenge that they willingly accepted.
“Because I used to travel a lot I have to thank my wife for guiding the children to where they have got to,” said Ronnie.
Divinia, 28, is reading for her masters in journalism at NMMU, Piasha, 25, is a dentist and Arushka, 19, is studying dentistry.
Ronnie is a former president of EP Cricket, former member of the SA Cricket Board and served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for five years.
He is currently a member of the NMMU council. Ironically, it is the same university he was not allowed to study at during the apartheid era and was forced to study in Durban.
“He is a good husband and father and has a good relationship with the kids,” said Nan.
Ronnie is just as grateful to his wife for all that she has done.
“She would take the children to school, help them with their homework and was their taxi driver. ”
Living with four women in the house?
“It is lonely,” jokes Ronnie.
An avid Bulls, Warriors, Sundowns and Tottenham Hotspur supporter, Ronnie enjoys watching sport on TV during his spare time. He also likes a good round of golf.
“I love cooking and reading,” said Nan. “I used to do catering and I enjoy making new things.”
Pillay has recently been recommended by the Judicial Service Commission for a seat on the Supreme Court of Appeal bench.

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