JSC still discussing Hlophe decision

2012-04-17 08:55

Cape Town - The Judicial Services Commission (JSC) has not yet made a decision on how it will deal with misconduct claims against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, it was reported on Tuesday.

JSC spokesperson CP Fourie told the Cape Times a meeting behind closed doors on Monday had not led to a decision, and the matter was still being discussed.

He said they were likely to reach a decision during the course of this week on whether to re-open a complaint involving Hlophe.

At the end of March, judges of the Constitutional Court denied Hlophe's application for leave to appeal a misconduct case between him and themselves.

It was the first time the court, the highest in the country, has had to hear a case in which some of its judges were involved, and has faced a conflict of interest.

The judges made no order on Hlophe's actual complaint, but the effect of their judgment is that the JSC must reopen the matter.

In 2008, the judges told the media they had laid a complaint against Hlophe with the JSC, claiming he had made an improper attempt to influence a case related to President Jacob Zuma.

Hlophe had made a counter complaint that his rights were violated when the judges issued the media statement.

  • Felix - 2012-04-17 09:04

    Misconduct involving a high Judge and our President? couldn't be.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-17 09:43

    delay, delay, loose file, loose interest. The judiciary is little more than the same joke the ANC is. Its amazing that these fool ever get a successful conviction, but I suppose all those people who just plead guilty keep the books looking good.

  • Gerhard - 2012-04-17 09:48

    Just a suggestion: Relieve him of all judiciary powers, duties and responsibilities and them ban him from all courts in South Africa. Just a suggestion!!

      Erich - 2012-04-17 10:57

      And make him ambassador in Lichtenstein or Malta.

  • colin.dovey - 2012-04-17 09:51

    Are they talking about the Titanic? - and the band played on....whilst the erstwhile, fantastic dreams of "democracy for all" slowly sinks into the depths of a cold and dark sea of oblivion. Talk is buys Whisky.

  • Pieter Erasmus - 2012-04-17 09:56

    launch an investigation, cover up all the facts... reinstate him and let the circus continue, problem solved and a lot of time saved

  • Stuart - 2012-04-17 10:49

    Spent a day in local court as a witness last tuesday and watched as the magistrate virtually swore at the prosecutors incompetence. I was embarrassed and am seriuously worried that this vital part of our democracy can have deteriorated so quickly. Sign on the court door, PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE ANY ASSETS FROM THIS COURT.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-17 12:12

    This case is a blur of blindingly fast activity.

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