Taxpayers have coughed up R16 million for 'drunk' judge's gravy train

Taxpayers have coughed up R16 million for 'drunk' judge's gravy train

- Judge Nkola Motata drunkenly reversed his Jaguar through a wall back in 2007

- Despite this, South African taxpayers have coughed up around R16 million, with R14 million paid while he was on special leave

- This is set to continue while the Judicial Service Commission considers his impeachment

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In January 2007, the now-retired Judge Nkola Motata reversed his car through Richard Bairds wall, near Sandton.

Since then, while on special leave, South African taxpayers have spent nearly R16 million on him, reports The Citizen.

Since his retirement in 2017, Motata has bagged just under R2.5 million, with R14 million paid out while he was on special leave.

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The Judicial Service Commission is still deliberating over the judge's impeachment, but until that is finalised, Motata is entitled to two-thirds of his salary.

In April last year, the tribunal had found that the judge's conduct and subsequent remarks made on the scene, which had been labelled as racist, impugned on the dignity of the courts.

Since then, nothing has changed for Motata, with the state benefits set to continue until he is impeached.

Pierre de Vos, chair of constitutional governance with the Claude Leon Foundation at the University of Cape Town, noted that while removing Motata would have no effect on him serving as a judge, it would lead to a loss of his retirement benefits.

However, with it taking over a decade for the matter to be heard by the commission in the first place, there is little hope of a speedy resolution.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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