JSC still discussing Hlophe decision

2012-04-17 08:55
Cape Town - The Judicial Services Commission (JSC) has not yet made a decision on how it will deal with misconduct claims against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, it was reported on Tuesday.

JSC spokesperson CP Fourie told the Cape Times a meeting behind closed doors on Monday had not led to a decision, and the matter was still being discussed.

He said they were likely to reach a decision during the course of this week on whether to re-open a complaint involving Hlophe.

At the end of March, judges of the Constitutional Court denied Hlophe's application for leave to appeal a misconduct case between him and themselves.

It was the first time the court, the highest in the country, has had to hear a case in which some of its judges were involved, and has faced a conflict of interest.

The judges made no order on Hlophe's actual complaint, but the effect of their judgment is that the JSC must reopen the matter.

In 2008, the judges told the media they had laid a complaint against Hlophe with the JSC, claiming he had made an improper attempt to influence a case related to President Jacob Zuma.

Hlophe had made a counter complaint that his rights were violated when the judges issued the media statement.

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