Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
2 minute read
26 Feb 2020
1:45 pm

Suspension of Bosasa-linked PTA Chief Magistrate welcomed

Bernadette Wicks

Chief Magistrate in Pretoria Desmond Nair has been suspended, after testimony at the commission of inquiry into state capture linked him to now liquidated contractor Bosasa. Civil society groups have welcomed the move, saying more implicated individuals need to face similar action.

Pretoria chief magistrate Desmond Nair on November 15, 2010, in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Theana Breugem)

Civil society has welcomed news that Desmond Nair, the Chief Magistrate in Pretoria, has been suspended in the face of allegations made against him at the commission of inquiry into state capture. Lawson Naidoo, of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC), and Paul Hoffman SC, of Accountability Now, both yesterday said it was good to see the commission’s work was having practical repercussions. “I think that this must be welcomed, that people who are under a cloud of suspicion should be removed from office until they have had an opportunity to clear their names,” Naidoo said,...