Kudos to Pillay
HIGH Court Judge Dhaya Pillay has to be lauded for upholding her constitutional mandate by holding Judge Nkola Motata accountable, in the process showing that no one is above the law.
Judicial officers have a constitutional mandate to uphold the law, which they must apply without fear, favour or prejudice. So a message has been sent out to South Africans that no one, even if they hold an esteemed position like Judge Motata, can simply manipulate judicial processes and get away with it.
Judge Pillay dismissed a technical application by the man who has cost taxpayers millions of rand by continuing to draw a seven-digit salary, asking why it had taken him years to launch his application, and also questioning why he refused to own up to the offence and related conduct.
For 10 years, Judge Motata has been on special leave following an incident in which he drove into a garden wall of a northern Johannesburg home while drunk. But not once has he owned up to his conduct. In addition, Judge Pillay slapped him with costs. Now we await the tribunal, which was halted pending the constitutional challenge, to see if the dishonourable judge will be impeached or not.