Hlophe facing another complaint

2011-05-29 16:01

Johannesburg - Western Cape Judge president John Hlophe is facing a new "gross misconduct" complaint by a legal advocacy group that wants him disciplined and possibly removed, the Sunday Independent reported.

Freedom Under Law (FUL) said Hlophe was not fit to serve the public as a judge because of his "scandalous public utterances" about judges of the Constitutional Court.

FUL chairperson and retired Constitutional Court judge Johann Kriegler confirmed the complaint and said it would be submitted to the Judicial Services Commission on Monday.

In an affidavit, the group said statements made by Hlophe, while defending a 2008 complaint by justices of the Constitutional Court, were "contemptuous, scandalous, intemperate and false".

At the time, Hlophe was accused of trying to sway the court in favour of President Jacob Zuma and arms company Thint in arms-deal related cases.

The group said Hlophe's statements made in affidavits submitted in the litany of court cases were "unbecoming of a judge and calculated to bring the administration of justice in South Africa into disrepute".

Hlophe's lawyer, Barnabas Xulu, said he was aware of the complaint but would not comment until his client had time to study the document.

  • Mthetwa - 2011-05-29 16:34

    Complaint for not being compliant?

      John - 2011-05-29 17:53

      Sharp, man. Sharp!

  • MaanDonkie - 2011-05-29 16:41

    Another corrupt ANC cronie....where is this crap gonna end. Fire the prick we need to build a healthy SA and we dont need his type!!!

  • YES - 2011-05-29 17:07

    Krigler was appointed to the Bench by a white racist government as there are some of his judgment which were anti-black and that he has not apologised about and which have to be dug out in order to reflect his past. I hope this is the only way to get him off his high horse.

      John - 2011-05-29 17:52

      Sounds like YOU are a racist.

      Boerseun - 2011-05-30 06:31

      Anti-BlacK, or anti terrorist?

  • Clippings - 2011-05-29 17:10

    Johann Kriegler is so obsessed with the guy.. not so long ago he complained that Judge Hlophe was appointed to the highest position premature as he was still young.... I just find this strange and really ask myself if Judge Kriegler was really impatial as the judge or his true colours for being a judge in the apartheid era are coming out now... Whites want to own Cape Town and having a black judge at the highest position is "not right" for the supreme whites... Yes, u can start now accusing me of being a racist,, but we all know that in South Africa race plays a huge part and we are made to refraim from confronting real race issues we are faced it..

      ZACommentator - 2011-05-29 17:18

      Tes, you are a racist.

      tryanything - 2011-05-29 17:19

      I think you are an idiot. like saying that the chief of Escom is Useless because he is not White. Like saying that the chief traffic officer is useless because he is not black . If they cannot do the job find someone who can. In the apartheid era a judge who pissed off the Nats became a divorce court judge chop chop..

      ZACommentator - 2011-05-29 17:38

      Tes, you are a racist.

      John - 2011-05-29 18:01

      Justice Kriegler was right about Hlophe. He turned out to be totally unsuited to the Bench and has brought the entire system into disrepute. Long ago he should have done the honourable thing -- resigned to minimise the fallout and embarrassment. Hlophe is a racist, just like you. The sooner he goes the better for South Africa.

      Juggernaut - 2011-05-29 18:15

      You are hallucinating. How do you arrive at your conclusions? What has Cape Town to do with Kriegler or you. How dumb dos one have to be to write the sort of tripe you do?

  • Bunty - 2011-05-29 17:59

    Thabo you are a racist. Koos you are a racist. George you are a racist. Bla bla you are a racist. The White racists. The ANC Racists. Get a life. We are all racists. So what?

  • GetReal - 2011-05-29 18:51

    To all the racist black pricks on here...get a f.cking life. If you feel inferior about being black that is your problem .. not mine. Stop moaning and blaming everything on the whites and rather fix up your own fu.king shit. U bunch of retards!

  • mabsie - 2011-05-29 19:22

    This man is a disgrace to the judicial system. One that we should all be able to look up to, admire and respect. He is dragging it into the gutter with his behaviour and utterances. Off with his head!!!

  • allan.clean - 2011-05-29 19:26

    news24, you suck, thanks for deleting every comment I post

      Janine - 2011-05-29 23:16

      Are your comments offensive?

      Boerseun - 2011-05-30 06:31

      Get used to it, they want politically correct comments, not the total truth.

      Moipone Bokaba - 2011-05-30 08:23

      you are not alone allan, i have been experiencing same lately....

  • Musa - 2011-05-29 20:01

    Friends of the Zuma bgrigade here they come to ruin our country. Hlophe take a bow and disappear

  • Boerseun - 2011-05-30 06:30

    The sooner they get rid of this oke the better. He's just an openly bad apple in a box of apples that are suspect anyway.

  • daaivark - 2011-05-30 07:39

    Just what Hlope wants. Here comes anothe 12 month suspension on full pay. Lekker. Paid holiday in some luxury resort.

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