JSC drops Hlophe probe

2009-08-28 16:11

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) said on Friday it would not proceed

with a formal investigation into a gross misconduct complaint against Western

Cape Judge President John Hlophe.

The JSC criticised Hlophe for raising pending judgments in the now abandoned

corruption case against President Jacob Zuma with Constitutional Court judges,

but failed to find evidence that he tried to influence them.

‘’The Commission accepted that it might have been unwise and imprudent for

Hlophe JP to talk to the judges about the cases and make the comments that he

did. But it is not persuaded that Hlophe JP’s actions make him guilty of gross

misconduct,” it said in a summary of its decision.

JSC spokesman Advocate Marumo Moerane said the commission also decided to

drop its investigation into a counter-complaint by Hlophe against the judges for

going public with their charges. “The decision was to drop the charges and the

counter-complaint because in the view of the commission, proceeding with the

matter would have been futile in that it would not have amounted to a guilty

finding of gross misconduct,” Marumo said.

The decision brings to an end a lengthy dispute between Hlophe and the judges

of the Constitutional Court, and boosts his hopes of being appointed to the

highest court in the land.

Hlophe’s ambitions of becoming chief justice were thwarted this month when

Zuma nominated Judge Sandile Ngcobo for the post.

Hlophe has, however, been nominated for a position as a Constitutional Court



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.

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

Traffic Alerts
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.