The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
A judicial war of words continues between Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe and Deputy Judge Patricia Goliath, with Hlophe strongly defending against criticism of his acting judge selections.
The reference to former president Jacob Zuma in his deputy's complaint against him was an "irresponsible and manufactured false allegation made simply to spice up the gravity of the case against me", Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe has charged.
The General Council of the Bar has urged Judge President John Hlophe and Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe to request special leave pending deliberations into a scathing complaint by the deputy judge president of the Western Cape High Court.
The credibility of the Western Cape High Court is in jeopardy if Judge President John Hlophe remains at the helm pending the outcome of a gross misconduct complaint lodged against him, a senior judge says.
The Cape Bar Council has written to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng requesting that Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe and his deputy Judge Patricia Goliath not perform their functions until there is an outcome to the explosive allegations.
Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe has accused Deputy Judge President of the Western Cape High Court Patricia Goliath of attempting to oust Judge President John Hhlope in order to succeed him.
The allocation of the Jason Rohde murder trial to Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe by her husband Judge President John Hlophe resulted in unhappiness among her colleagues, Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath has charged in a formal complaint.
Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe has filed his own complaint against his Deputy Judge Patricia Goliath, charging that the allegations she has raised against him create a "false and unfortunate impression" that he abuses his judicial position.
Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe has reduced the gross misconduct allegation lodged against him by his deputy as a complaint that has "all the hallmarks of a paranoid judge with little appreciation of collegiality, restraint, composure and confidentiality".
The judges of the Western Cape High Court agree that for as long as claims of gross misconduct levelled against Judge President John Hlophe remain unresolved, the public's confidence in the division will be impaired.
Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe and Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe plan to sue Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath for defamation, their attorney confirms.
Since 2004, complaints have piled up against Hlophe at the JSC's office. The list is filled with allegations you don't want the most senior judge in one of the most important jurisdictions in your country to face, writes Adriaan Basson.
The DA calls on the Judicial Service Commission to place Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe on suspension immediately following allegations of gross misconduct, nepotism and abuse of power.
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