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2014-07-14 13:43

HERE NOT COMES THE JUDGE: Seven years ago a drunk Johannesburg Judge Motata crashed a car into a garden wall - and he's still being paid every month for doing, well, not judging. Image: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - Remember the judge who made it on to nationwide TV after crashing his car, apparently drunk, into a Johannesburg garden wall?

Sure you do, it was High Court Judge Nkola Motata and it was way back in January 2007. Back in 2009 he was found guilty of drunk driving - five years ago - but he still languishes at home, according to the Johannesburg Star, and is still being paid every month.

Lusanda Ntuli of the office of the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told The Star Motata had not been released from service. "He is still receiving a monthly salary."

BID TO BLOCK PROBE

Motata allegedly said while drunk: "No Boer is going to undermine me; this used to be the white man's land but it isn't any more."

He also allegedly told a metro policeman not to support a white man and later went to the High Court in Pretoria to stop the JSC from probing the complaint about his remarks, but his application was unsuccessful.

The Judicial Conduct Tribunal probing a complaint of racism against Motata, The Star reported, was postponed in February 2014 pending a challenge to legislation relating to the tribunal. The section of the Act being challenged empowered the tribunal's president to appoint a National Prosecuting Authority official to collect evidence on the tribunal's behalf.

The tribunal was to have probed Motata's conduct after he crashed his car into the wall of businessman Richard Baird's Johannesburg property.

Will it eventually be proved, Wheels24 asks in the motoring sense, that he was a Motata Mouth?
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