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Pretoria high court Judge Nkola Motata is expected to appear in the Randburg magistrates' court this morning after allegedly being arrested on a charge of drunken driving.
Metro Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar confirmed that a senior judge had been arrested for alleged drunk driving, but did not name Motata.
Motata is quoted as having denied he was drunk on the evening of his arrest: "I wasn't drunk at all. I had been with one of my colleagues earlier that night drinking tea."
Police said yesterday that they were investigating a case of alleged drunken driving and that a blood sample had been taken from the suspect.
The judge's alleged arrest is one more tale in his controversial life.
In October last year Motata came under pressure for being one of the Transvaal Provincial Division judges who was tardy in bringing out judgments.
At the time it was alleged that he sometimes took more than a year to finalise his rulings.
In response to the allegations, Motata is alleged to have said: "I work so hard I cannot even attend a funeral."
Justice Mandlakayise Hlophe, Judge President of the Cape Provincial Division, ended a speech some time ago to the Black Lawyers Association by quoting Motata, where he said: "The law as it is today is the law how whites understand it .
"The law of the country must derive from the constitution now.
"It is about time that we derive our own law, not to depend on Roman Dutch, which is foreign to me, but I had to learn it hard."