Pretoria chief magistrate's home security upgrade under scrutiny

22 February 2019 - 10:40 By Ernest Mabuza
Pretoria chief magistrate Desmond Nair allegedly had R200,000 worth of security equipment installed at his home on the instruction of Bosasa bosses.
Pretoria chief magistrate Desmond Nair allegedly had R200,000 worth of security equipment installed at his home on the instruction of Bosasa bosses.
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The Magistrate’s Commission is expected to receive a response from Pretoria chief magistrate Desmond Nair on Friday to allegations that he benefited from state capture.

Nair allegedly had R200,000 worth of security systems installed at his Pretoria home, including an electric fence, CCTV and alarm systems.

This was revealed by Bosasa employee Richard le Roux in testimony before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in January.

The ethics committee of the Magistrate’s Commission met on February 1 and resolved to afford Nair an opportunity to respond to the allegations.

The commission said the matter would be placed on its agenda when it met on Friday.

Le Roux testified that Bosasa ran “special projects” for several prominent people. They included home security upgrades, installing generators and “one-off” garden clean-ups.

Le Roux alleged that Nair had benefited alongside cabinet ministers Gwede Mantashe and Nomvula Mokonyane, former SAA boss Dudu Myeni and ANC MP Vincent Smith.

The upgrades were carried out on the instruction of Bosasa bosses Gavin Watson and Angelo Agrizzi, he said.

Nair presided over the bail application of  Oscar Pistorius, who killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013.


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