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Hlophe to face tribunal - report

2012-10-20 14:11

Johannesburg - A tribunal would be set up to investigate misconduct allegations against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, the Saturday Star newspaper said on Saturday.

Hlophe's attorney, Barnabas Xulu told the paper that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng had informed them that he would formally appoint the tribunal members which would probe gross misconduct claims brought against Hlophe by the Constitutional Court, the paper said.

The court alleged Hlophe had tried to influence two of its judges to rule in favour of President Jacob Zuma in a case involving the country's multi-billion rand arms deal.

They regarded this as an improper attempt to influence the case.

Hlophe, affronted that the judges had also sent a copy of the complaint to the media before he had had time to deal with it, laid a counter-complaint.

A lengthy stop-start parallel process of Judicial Service Commission (JSC) hearings and court challenges ensued.

The matter was ultimately heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) with rulings in favour of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and lobby group Freedom Under Law.

The SCA ruled that the JSC had to reconsider both complaints.

Xulu told the Saturday Star that the JSC was yet to announce a date for the start of the tribunal.

Hlophe would face possible impeachment if he was to be found guilty.

"He would remain in his post as judge president pending the tribunal," Xulu was quoted as saying.

Comments
  • lownabester - 2012-10-20 14:16

    Get rid of this fraudster, we dont need him in the Western Cape, Go, Go

      kim.buren - 2012-10-20 14:22

      Please do not send him to Gauteng, we have enough corruption

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-20 14:37

      Send him to Limpopo. Mind you, that's probably where he comes from!

      zoe.mandlana - 2012-10-20 15:30

      No he will fit in very well in Nkandla i.e KZN

      john.s.stalwart - 2012-10-20 16:15

      Infact Limpopo is home to the top learned of this country,former chief justice Pius Langa,judge president of the Transvaal Bernad Ngoepe,former Public Protector Lawrance Moshoana,they all come from Limpopo and if Hlophe comes from Limpopo I would nt be amazed,Limpopo is home for the learned and intelligent.

      john.s.stalwart - 2012-10-20 16:15

      Infact Limpopo is home to the top learned of this country,former chief justice Pius Langa,judge president of the Transvaal Bernad Ngoepe,former Public Protector Lawrance Moshoana,they all come from Limpopo and if Hlophe comes from Limpopo I would nt be amazed,Limpopo is home for the learned and intelligent.

      john.s.stalwart - 2012-10-20 16:15

      Infact Limpopo is home to the top learned of this country,former chief justice Pius Langa,judge president of the Transvaal Bernad Ngoepe,former Public Protector Lawrance Moshoana,they all come from Limpopo and if Hlophe comes from Limpopo I would nt be amazed,Limpopo is home for the learned and intelligent.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-10-20 14:29

    I think this farce have been going on to long. Get it over with and I hope he pays. Fed-up for paying for these games being played.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-20 14:35

    Sheez. Here we go again.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-20 15:09

    This is such old news.....he must be 'fired' without benefits. Wont happen, they will say he was ill, took the wrong pills and retire him with honours. DISGUSTING, he was caught out, I mean if he was in the 'chair' how would he have ruled?

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-21 10:25

      Yaya, would probably depend on the 'kickback'....,

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-10-20 15:33

    Why do we put up with this arrogant a$$hole !! Fire the rubbish or send him to the Transkei !!

      zoe.mandlana - 2012-10-20 15:36

      No no no send him to Nkandla (KZN), he'll fit in well there.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-20 15:48

      @Zoe He'll get his own office block?

      Sanele Mhlongo - 2012-10-20 19:17

      its a disgrace what is happening here some people just comment coz they can.

  • eidel.bock - 2012-10-20 16:13

    Make him JZ bodyguard...

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-21 10:27

      That's probably why there are bunkers, to shelter those found guilty.

  • john.s.stalwart - 2012-10-20 16:30

    The Zuma crony, the axed head of NPPA advocate Menzy Simalane is threatened with disbarment should he be found unintergral and now the chief judge of the Western Cape is promised impeachment for trying to stand up for Zuma,it's tough how the sting of the law can be unleashed on some individuals in South Africa,worst of all lawyers themselves,this certainly is a shew of what the wise meant that 'bad company[friendship] corrupts good character';should Simelane be disbard at that early age after those tough years of studying he certainly wil hate the scent of Zuma's perfume[he put him in the muds by appointing him head of the NPA without proper consultation] and if Hlope gets impeached after those years of being the most honorable chief judge for trying to defend Zuma then I tell you,secrets wil be unveiled,the judge who knows all can't simply be dismissed,he can't go down without a dirty fight no matter the cost.

  • john.s.stalwart - 2012-10-20 16:30

    The Zuma crony, the axed head of NPPA advocate Menzy Simalane is threatened with disbarment should he be found unintergral and now the chief judge of the Western Cape is promised impeachment for trying to stand up for Zuma,it's tough how the sting of the law can be unleashed on some individuals in South Africa,worst of all lawyers themselves,this certainly is a shew of what the wise meant that 'bad company[friendship] corrupts good character';should Simelane be disbard at that early age after those tough years of studying he certainly wil hate the scent of Zuma's perfume[he put him in the muds by appointing him head of the NPA without proper consultation] and if Hlope gets impeached after those years of being the most honorable chief judge for trying to defend Zuma then I tell you,secrets wil be unveiled,the judge who knows all can't simply be dismissed,he can't go down without a dirty fight no matter the cost.

  • john.s.stalwart - 2012-10-20 16:31

    The Zuma crony, the axed head of NPPA advocate Menzy Simalane is threatened with disbarment should he be found unintergral and now the chief judge of the Western Cape is promised impeachment for trying to stand up for Zuma,it's tough how the sting of the law can be unleashed on some individuals in South Africa,worst of all lawyers themselves,this certainly is a shew of what the wise meant that 'bad company[friendship] corrupts good character';should Simelane be disbard at that early age after those tough years of studying he certainly wil hate the scent of Zuma's perfume[he put him in the muds by appointing him head of the NPA without proper consultation] and if Hlope gets impeached after those years of being the most honorable chief judge for trying to defend Zuma then I tell you,secrets wil be unveiled,the judge who knows all can't simply be dismissed,he can't go down without a dirty fight no matter the cost.

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