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Judge faces impeachment over drunken misconduct - 11 years later

WHEN SA TV viewers saw the video footage they could hardly believe their eyes: high court judge Nkola Motata had driven his Jaguar into the wall of a private resident in Johannesburg. Not just that. He was obviously drunk and disorderly, swearing at those who arrived to deal with the situation and resisting arrest. That was in January 2007. Since then the judge has been on suspension, with full pay.


THE man behind this extraordinary story is a 30-year-old Zimbabwean, known only as “JM”. Born HIV-positive, he struggled with health issues until, in 2002, he became really sick and his aunt advised him to go the UK and seek treatment there.

When he arrived, he said he was there for a holiday – clearly not true, said the court later, since he had gone for the clear purpose of finding treatment.

Kenyan court of appeal ruling

THANKS to the firm line taken by three appeal court judges, activist Kenyan lawyer Miguna Miguna, deported to Canada last month under unprecedented circumstances, will now be able to return to his homeland on 26 March as he plans.

His forced expulsion from Kenya, carried out in flagrant contravention of judicial orders, led to several courts issuing decisions on his arrest and deportation. Among these was a crucial ruling by high court judge Luka Kimaru that Miguna must be allowed to return to Kenya – the land of his birth – at state expense, on a day of his choosing.

South Africa: Customary Initiation Bill, 2018

The South African Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs gazetted on 16 March 2018 a notice of intention to introduce the Customary Initiation Bill, 2018 in the National Assembly.

The main objectives of the Bill are—

(a) to protect, promote and regulate initiation;

(b) to provide acceptable norms and standards with a view to ensure that initiation takes place in a controlled and safe environment; and

(c) to provide for the protection of life and the prevention of any abuse


Worrying failure of Kenyan government to heed court orders

Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival, Raila Odinga, installed as “the people’s president” in a “mock” swearing-in last month, took the world by surprise on Friday last week when they held an unscheduled meeting. The two men, who have had barely a civil word to say about each other for some time, emerged from their meeting calling each other “brother” and vowing to promote the healing of Kenya’s divisions.