Hlophe: set to fight order

2009-02-05 00:00

Cape Town - Cape Judge President John Hlophe will make a representation to the Justice Ministry opposing an order by the minister, Enver Surty, that he go back on leave until allegations against him are investigated.

Lawyer Paul Ngobeni said yesterday Hlophe will make the representation, as requested by the Justice Department, because while he does not agree with the call for him to go back on leave, he still respects the department.

Hlophe was back in his chambers in the Cape High Court this week, saying he is exercising his right to work. He returned to work last month.

He applied for leave after the Consitutional Court laid a complaint against him for allegedly trying to influence two of its judges who were considering a ruling on the validity of search warrants against ANC president Jacob Zuma.

Justice spokesman Zolile Nqayi said Hlophe is welcome to make representations to the department if he wishes to dispute Surty's decision.

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