MAGISTRATE MUST RECUSE HERSELF — NAIR
KESSIE Nair’s defence team wants the magistrate who denied him bail to recuse herself because she found that Nair “did not appear to be remorseful” during her judgment in his bail application.
Nair’s lawyer, Kerusha Ariyan, told the Verulam Family Court yesterday that they were not pleased that Magistrate Ncumisa Gcolotela had said she was unhappy with Nair’s conduct during the bail application.
Nair, a former Durban councillor and convicted fraudster, is charged with multiple counts of crimen injuria and two of incitement of public violence after he posted a video on Facebook calling President Cyril Ramaphosa the k-word.
“The magistrate has found him [Nair] guilty before the trial,” said Ariyan.
Prosecutor Carlson Govender said the state was against the recusal because Gcolotela “was entitled to make such findings”.
Gcolotela postponed the matter to November 21 for judgment on the recusal application. — News24.