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Mogoeng under fire over Hlope

2011-11-20 14:01

Johannesburg - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is under scrutiny for allowing Cape Judge President John Hlope to screen candidates while engaged in legal action over his conduct, according to reports on Sunday.

Retired Constitutional Court Justice Johann Kriegler sent three letters to Mogoeng in the past month objecting to Hlope sitting on the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) when it interviewed potential judges in October, the Sunday Times reported.

Kriegler is the chairperson of advocacy group Freedom Under Law.

"To say that we were astounded would be an understatement: a person charged with the most serious allegations of both criminal conduct and gross misconduct as a judge was openly - and ostensibly with the consent of the chief justice, the ultimate arbiter of judicial propriety - screening candidates for their fitness for judicial office," said Kriegler.

The legal action dates back to 2008, when Constitutional Court justices charged Hlope for gross misconduct at the JSC.

Hlope was accused of attempting to influence judgements concerning corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

Barnabus Xulu, Hlope's attorney, told the Sunday Times he was shocked to hear of the letters exchange but had been unable to speak to Hlope.

"What is strange and shocking in this whole thing is that there are judges who have chaired the JSC with complaints against them and Freedom Under Law was around. They never said a thing about it," Xulu said.

According to the newspaper, Mogoeng said in an email response to Kriegler that he would discuss the complaint with the JSC and Kriegler would receive a response after the next JSC meeting in April next year.

Comments
  • Anton - 2011-11-20 14:23

    This Mogoeng guy is such a twat. Where has the integrity of our justice system gone?? My grandfather (former judge) would turn around in his grave!

      Chabi - 2011-11-20 18:27

      When he has turned let us know ....

      Alva - 2011-11-20 19:48

      It's all to do with protecting the ANC when the sh#t hits the fan about the arms deal. Like Hlope lobbied for Zuma, the ANC are planning to corrupt our judicial system to protect themselves against corruption fallout. Mogoeng is already tainted because he was chosen by Zuma almost unilaterally.

      Helmut - 2012-03-18 07:34

      That is why Zuma appointed him. He needs a Yes-man in that position and he picked the right guy, because Mogoeng is a regular customer at Rent-a-Personality!

  • Ari - 2011-11-20 14:42

    "What is strange and shocking in this whole thing is that there are judges who have chaired the JSC with complaints against them and Freedom Under Law was around. They never said a thing about it," Xulu said. Such as and who . . . .????

  • Grant - 2011-11-20 14:43

    Zoomas pal repaying the favours granted him, did not take long did it?

  • braamc - 2011-11-20 16:20

    moegoe moegoe, another friend and favorite of Jacob Zuma

  • Jannie - 2011-11-20 16:31

    moegoe you too are on Jannie's list along with hlope congrats... you useless amoeba...

      Eland - 2011-11-20 20:35

      The issue here is that there is a tribe of minorities who after losing political power thought they can cling to some artificial power in the form of the Judiciary. Anyone, including yourself, who reads this email knows who I am referring to. The JSC is their face. Please give up, you will never control again - pack and go to Australia you hypocrites and vipers!!!

  • rory.short1 - 2011-11-20 16:40

    At the start of our new democracy we had people with exemplary struggle credentials and of the highest moral calibre holding many public offices. People of such high moral calibre holding public office did not suit people, also with struggle credentials but of lower, or zero, moral calibre, and it wouldn't, so they set about replacing them with more malleable individuals where and when ever they could. it is through such replacements that JZ managed to evade his day in court and become our head of State instead. It is said that a fish rots from the head down.

  • Shoe - 2011-11-20 19:17

    Moegoe-Moegoe is gonna get a bone(us)....and his favorite dog-biscuit.

  • Eland - 2011-11-20 20:34

    The issue here is that there is a tribe of minorities who after losing political power thought they can cling to some artificial power in the form of the Judiciary. Anyone, including yourself, who reads this email knows who I am referring to. The JSC is their face. Please give up, you will never control again - pack and go to Australia you hypocrites and vipers!!!

      Zaq - 2011-11-21 06:18

      It must suck big time to be what you are, hey!! To wake up in the morning, to look in a mirror and see that nothing has changed, you still look the same, and, still think the same - schade!!

      Dave - 2011-11-21 06:49

      Have you no idividual thoughts, or are just another party parrot. Stop trying to hide behind the past, it past you by long ago things done now by people now, has you sainted government been doing nothing since 1994 and still can't get it right because they live in the past while the people of today are starving------ Think not.

  • thozi - 2012-03-17 22:40

    As an eternal optimist, I believe Mr justice Mogoeng has not as yet, been given an opportunity to prove himself worthy of his office. His critics pray everyday that he takes a wrong step, then attack him like a pack of wolves. As one of those who were vehemently opposed to his appointment, I know the feelings of those wanting and waiting for his wrong move. In the meantime, even if he as much as swats a fly, he'll make headlines as a killer or a cruel animal basher. For goodness' sake give a man a chance and wish him well in the meantime.

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