Judge Hlophe’s son in court for R418 000 fraud

2009-03-20 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Thuthuka Hlophe (25), son of the judge president of the Western Cape High Court, John Hlophe, was released on bail of R5 000 in the Cape Town magistrate’s court yesterday. He was arrested on four charges of fraud earlier this week.

Wearing a grey Gap designer top and black tracksuit pants, Hlophe stood in the dock, looking around for a familiar face in the gallery. His parents were not in court.

Hlophe was detained in Table View on Thursday evening and spent the night in the holding cells of the Table View police station.

He is being tried on four counts of fraud totalling R418 000. He is alleged to have written cheques in April, May, July and November 2008 that were returned by the bank.

Magistrate Vusi Mhlanga asked the accused whether he is employed. Hlophe replied that he is a full-time student at the University of SA (Unisa). The magistrate then wanted to know how he would pay the bail.

“I receive a monthly allowance of R10 000,” Hlophe replied. He said he is prepared to pay bail of R500.

Public prosecutor Themba Mafereka objected, saying the magistrate should bear in mind that this is a serious case.

“Bail should be increased to R10 000,” Mafereka said.

The magistrate decided on R5 000. The case was postponed to April 29 for further investigation.

After the court proceedings, Hlophe dodged the media as he ran out of the court building.

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