Hlophe seeks funding to defend himself

2011-05-31 11:30

Johannesburg - Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe is applying for funding through the justice department to defend himself against a new complaint lodged this week, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

"He needs to be advised on how to handle this thing," said Barnabas Xulu, his legal representative.

Xulu said Hlophe was waiting for a response from the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) after the organisation Freedom Under Law (FUL) lodged a complaint against him on Monday.

"This thing may be just a frivolous complaint," said Xulu. "At this stage we have not been contacted by the JSC."

At the same time, Hlophe had to be prepared in case he needed legal representation, and that was why he had applied to the justice ministry for funds, said Xulu.


The legal advocacy group FUL lodged a "gross misconduct" complaint against Hlophe, claiming he had made statements "unbecoming of a judge" while defending himself against a 2008 complaint by the judges of the Constitutional Court.

The judges accused Hlophe of trying to sway the court into ruling in favour of President Jacob Zuma, who was at that stage faced possible corruption charges.

FUL said Hlophe was not fit to serve the public as a judge because of his "scandalous public utterances" about the judges of the Constitutional Court.

According to the Sunday Independent, FUL argued in its complaint that Hlophe had accused the judges of being "dishonest, untruthful, malicious, vindictive and driven by a political motive".

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) earlier this year set aside a JSC decision to dismiss both the complaint by Hlophe and a counter-complaint by him against the judges of the Constitutional Court.

The JSC said it would abide by the SCA ruling and that a judicial conduct panel would deal with the matter.

In 2007, Hlophe was questioned about his relationship with asset management company Oasis and his subsequent ruling that the company could sue Judge Siraj Desai.

At the time, the JSC, which probed payments Hlophe received from Oasis, found his failure to disclose the payments "inappropriate", but did not sanction him.

  • David - 2011-05-31 11:36

    Why should the Dept of Justice pay his legal fees? Other SA citizens have to pay their own legal expenses.

      Wizard101 - 2011-05-31 12:09

      Because he has chommies in low places

      RL - 2011-05-31 12:10

      it depends whether the incident complained about occurred within the course and scope of duties as a judge.

      senkgisha - 2011-05-31 12:32

      Because is the member of anc and deserve that.and next time dont generalise everyone in your narrow minded stupidity!!!

      Badger - 2011-05-31 12:44

      senkgisha. You are obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed are you. Were you part of the mob who set the monkey alight?

      LemonParty - 2011-05-31 14:42

      Typical African, wants everything free, including his legal fees

  • Felix - 2011-05-31 11:40

    A judge seeking legal advice - priceless :)

      paulf - 2011-05-31 11:54

      It shows you he was Useless!!!!

  • FAH-Q - 2011-05-31 11:40

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      Sam.H - 2011-05-31 11:59

      FAH-Q - lovit. I was gonna say give the man vaaakol but he deserves what you are giving him!

      senkgisha - 2011-05-31 12:34

      Ys ur fah-cked up,why wasting time?

      Sam.H - 2011-05-31 13:01

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  • paulf - 2011-05-31 11:43

    Put him and his croney friend Zuma behind bars where they belong!!!

  • daaivark - 2011-05-31 11:46

    WTF. This man is earning an absolute fortune while on suspension. Let him use his own grossly overinflated resources.

      paulf - 2011-05-31 11:47

      Fully Agreed!!!

      Ederik - 2011-05-31 12:01

      Grossly overinflated UNEARNED.

      kaz - 2011-05-31 12:07

      Damn right! The guy is loaded. I'm sure he can sell one of his cars to fund the legal fees. But of course that would be far too much to expect from this idiot

      senkgisha - 2011-05-31 12:36

      Who will let him use his hardly earned salary meanwhile we got free one's.Just go and live in Australia,we will s as wether u will surviv or not!!!

      Felix - 2011-05-31 12:52

      @senkgisha, WTF are you going on about you pea-brain.

      Sho Fukamachi - 2011-05-31 13:33

      @senkgisha: instead of the hardworking people of SA going to Australia, perhaps you should crawl back into your cave, and do cave drawings of how it's all apartheids fault and you deserve all the riches the rest of us are working for.

  • Sam.H - 2011-05-31 12:01

    Hlophe - go and ask Laerskool Mikro if they can help you out.

  • John - 2011-05-31 12:03

    This embarrassment to the Justice system should just quietly resign and disappear quietly. We don't need these racist tendencies.

  • bill - 2011-05-31 12:04

    This man is an embarrasment to the legal profession .In a normal society he would be a clerk of the court at best.

      Lionel - 2011-05-31 12:27

      Not even: a court orderly.

  • PB - 2011-05-31 12:06

    "dishonest, untruthful, malicious, vindictive and driven by a political motive" :- Hlope, all of your accusations sounds like it could be applicable on yourself. Of course he will get the funding, (which will never be refunded)and the case will stretch into the next century with the dockets "disappearing". In the end he will have cost the taxpayer millions which will cause some huffing and puffing and then just also "disappear". If these spungers were to sign off on their pension funds to at least recoup some of the money wasted on their law suits, it would make some sense... SO MUCH FOR

  • Wizard101 - 2011-05-31 12:09

    Because he has chommies in lowwww places

  • brianR - 2011-05-31 12:12

    How about selling your Porsche Cayenne????

  • Kevin - 2011-05-31 12:23

    NO NO NO. Pay your own legal fees. Look at who the common denominator is. We do not care if you do not have the money. Taxpayers are tired of paying for this kind of rip off. See anc voters . This is where the money for the poor goes.

      daaivark - 2011-05-31 12:27

      He has the money. Enough and more. It is all stage-management for the hoped for Appeal-expo. He should bow out gracefully as his appeal has absolutely no merit. But grace seems a trait in very short supply in certain circles.

  • Slapper - 2011-05-31 12:26

    He won't need much, because there is little to defend. The guy is totally unsuited to the position he clings to. He knows this, his ANC Master knows this and the majority of intelligent people know this.

  • mursebul - 2011-05-31 12:29

    Arrogant SOB!!! First he gets pissed and drive down peaples walls, then he gets to be the true racist he is and then he wants to use our money to defend himself? He belongs in prison the SOB, and he wants to judge other people whilst he himself is a convict? I am gatvol of this biggotry!!

  • Marcell - 2011-05-31 12:30

    Ask your drunk friend motata.

  • jowza - 2011-05-31 12:37

    go striaght to not pass go,do not collecy R200

  • - 2011-05-31 12:40

    A judge being a lawyer or advocate who cannot defend himself?? Just shows what kind of people get the jobs in this country. Low life and low brained.

  • Mike - 2011-05-31 12:44

    I have a donation for him, 5 litres of petrol & an old Bridgestone 205/55/16, that should be enough to get the job done.

  • Jim - 2011-05-31 12:49

    I support FAH-Q FULLY.

  • Say-my-say - 2011-05-31 12:50

    The JSC seems to be just as jaded regards their integrity - they protect their own.

  • v3 - 2011-05-31 12:58

    I can understand the state paying the legal costs arising from a civil servant (including a judge) performing his or her duties. But the charges against Hlope have nothing to do with his doing his job as a judge. They arise from extra-mural political work he was doing in his private capacity. Whoever agreed to contribute state money to his defence should be charged.

  • - 2011-05-31 13:56

    Suspend his pay until all the complaints have been settled --- and if he runs out of money let him move into a shack in Khayalitsha and apply for legal aid and a government grant. That might skrik him enough to make him behave in a manner befitting the judiciary. - 2011-05-31 14:02

      And ditto comments for his comrade Nkola Motata, convicted of drunk driving.

  • Benzo - 2011-05-31 15:52

    Can somebody put this man out of his misery, please

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