newsTimesLIVE reports that disgraced judge Nkola Motata will know next week whether he will keep his benefits, over a decade since he was recorded swearing at onlookers after he crashed his car into a Johannesburg garden wall while drunk.  

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng confirmed on Thursday that Motata’s case would be finalised next week.  Motata was granted leave of absence following the accident in January 2007 and he has not been in court to perform his duties since.  The Judicial Conduct Tribunal in 2018 found that Motata’s conduct at the scene of the accident and the remarks he made at the time were racist and were prejudicial to the impartiality and dignity of the courts.  Although Motata retired as a judge last year‚ he is still receiving all the benefits of retired judges‚ including a salary for life.  If removed as a judge‚ his impeachment would mean he would be stripped of the benefits.

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