Pretoria's chief magistrate suspended over Bosasa linked scandal

Pretoria's chief magistrate suspended over Bosasa linked scandal

- The NCOP has confirmed that Desmond Nair has been suspended following an investigation

- The Pretoria's chief magistrate allegedly received security upgrades from corruption-linked company Bosasa

- The Magistrate's Commission took up the case after testimony at the Zondo commission into state capture

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The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) unanimously adopted a report recommending that Desmond Nair is suspended as magistrate in Pretoria.

In February 2020, Minister of Justice, Ronald Lamola informed parliament of the provisional suspension of Nair, pending the outcome of an investigation.

This investigation came after Nair, Pretoria's chief magistrate, allegedly received special favours from corruption-accused Bosasa in the form of security upgrades to his private residence, valued at approximately R200 000.

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The Magistrate's Commission recommended Nair's suspension after a preliminary investigation in which he was allowed to mount a defense on why he should not be suspended.

The commission took up the case after testimony at the Zondo commission into state capture by Bosasa employee Richard le Roux in January 2019.

Le Roux, who was issued with a summons to appear before the commission, works for Global Technology Systems, a subsidiary of Bosasa, previously known as Sondolo IT.

Nair said:

"I have noted the report and have referred the matter to my legal representatives to follow the legal processes"

Earlier this year, in March, the National Assembly also unanimously accepted Nair's suspension. This is in accordance to the Magistrates Act which details that both Houses of Parliament must confirm a magistrate's suspension.

Last week, the National Assembly's Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services also recommended in a report that a regional magistrate from Bloemfontein, LT Mkansi, was provisionally suspended as he allegedly had cellphone contact with a corruption-accused who had appeared before him.

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