Hlophe seeks funding to defend himself

2011-05-31 11:30
Johannesburg - Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe is applying for funding through the justice department to defend himself against a new complaint lodged this week, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

"He needs to be advised on how to handle this thing," said Barnabas Xulu, his legal representative.

Xulu said Hlophe was waiting for a response from the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) after the organisation Freedom Under Law (FUL) lodged a complaint against him on Monday.

"This thing may be just a frivolous complaint," said Xulu. "At this stage we have not been contacted by the JSC."

At the same time, Hlophe had to be prepared in case he needed legal representation, and that was why he had applied to the justice ministry for funds, said Xulu.


The legal advocacy group FUL lodged a "gross misconduct" complaint against Hlophe, claiming he had made statements "unbecoming of a judge" while defending himself against a 2008 complaint by the judges of the Constitutional Court.

The judges accused Hlophe of trying to sway the court into ruling in favour of President Jacob Zuma, who was at that stage faced possible corruption charges.

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

According to the Sunday Independent, FUL argued in its complaint that Hlophe had accused the judges of being "dishonest, untruthful, malicious, vindictive and driven by a political motive".

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) earlier this year set aside a JSC decision to dismiss both the complaint by Hlophe and a counter-complaint by him against the judges of the Constitutional Court.

The JSC said it would abide by the SCA ruling and that a judicial conduct panel would deal with the matter.

In 2007, Hlophe was questioned about his relationship with asset management company Oasis and his subsequent ruling that the company could sue Judge Siraj Desai.

At the time, the JSC, which probed payments Hlophe received from Oasis, found his failure to disclose the payments "inappropriate", but did not sanction him.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    john hlophe  |  judiciary

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Romania rally to down Canada
Lancaster upbeat over Burgess' union future
LIVE: Fiji v Uruguay
Scotland primed for Samoa
Traffic Alerts

Are you burning the candle at both ends? Listen to your body and your emotional reactions. Know when to slow down or stop. It is a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.