Hlophe tribunal decision expected

2012-10-16 20:21
John Hlophe (Picture: Sapa)

John Hlophe (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) was expected to decide on Wednesday whether to appoint a tribunal to investigate allegations of misconduct against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe.

"We are going to deal with it tomorrow," JSC spokesperson Dumisa Ntsebeza said on Tuesday.

The announcement followed a recommendation by the Judicial Conduct Committee last month to appoint a tribunal, taking into account the pronouncements of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) that the JSC had to decide whether Hlophe was guilty of gross misconduct or not.

At the time the committee said the complaint by Constitutional Court judges, if established, would prima facie indicate gross misconduct, "which may lead to impeachment".

The matter began in 2008, when the Constitutional Court complained that 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 JSC hearings and court challenges ensued.

The matter was ultimately heard in the 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.

Read more on:    jsc  |  john hlophe  |  cape town  |  judiciary

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your body is extra sensitive to the energies around you today. If you have been burning the candle at both ends, you will benefit...read more

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

Hello 

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.

Settings

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.