Hlophe hearing must proceed - tribunal

2013-10-03 11:44
Judge John Hlophe (File, Sapa)

Judge John Hlophe (File, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Hlope tribunal invalid

2013-10-02 10:32

A Judicial Service Commission tribunal hearing into a complaint of misconduct against Cape Judge President John Hlophe is invalid. Watch the video.WATCH

Johannesburg - A hearing into a misconduct complaint against Cape Judge President John Hlophe must proceed without further delay, a tribunal ruled on Thursday.

"The main objection raised on behalf of Judge Bess Nkabinde and Judge Chris Jafta and Judge President Hlophe is dismissed," said tribunal president Judge Joop Labuschagne.

"This matter should proceed without further delay."

Labuschagne said the full reasons for the decision would be outlined in the tribunal report that would be given to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

The misconduct complaint against Hlophe was laid in 2008. He allegedly tried to influence Jafta and Nkabinde to make a ruling favouring President Jacob Zuma.

This was while the two Constitutional Court judges were considering a judgment in a corruption case relating to Zuma and arms company Thint involving the multi-billion rand arms deal.

The Hlophe hearing started on Monday this week after five years of legal wrangling around the matter.

Judges Jafta and Nkabinde argued before the tribunal that its legitimacy was at stake because the rules governing it were invalid.

Their lawyer, Selby Mbenenge, SC contended that the rules of the tribunal were also invalid because they were not published in the government gazette by the minister of justice, in terms of the unamended JSC Act.

"Our submission is, crudely speaking, that we must pack and go, all of us. There is nothing to postpone," Mbenenge said on Tuesday.
Read more on:    jsc  |  john hlophe  |  judiciary

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.