Durban - The decision to prosecute KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Chiman Patel on a charge of crimen injuria was done with an “improper motive to humiliate him and treat him like a common criminal”, Marumo Moerane, one of the country’s leading advocates, said on Thursday.
“This has been a painful and sad experience for the judge president. This is not the last that will be heard of this matter,” he said.
Moerane was addressing the court after the charge was withdrawn against Judge Patel, as expected, on Thursday.
No reasons were given, which raised the eyebrows of the presiding Durban Regional Court magistrate Sharon Marks and the dozen or so advocates, attorneys and relatives who came to court.
Marks, who is acting regional court president in Durban, said that she, too, would take the matter further, ordering that the proceedings on Thursday and from Patel’s first court appearance last month be transcribed so that she could send a complaint to the National Director of Public Prosecutions.