Mogoeng and Malema row as Hlophe keeps quiet: Inside the interviews for the WC High Court Bench

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Judge President John Hlophe.
Judge President John Hlophe.
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Recently found guilty of gross misconduct, Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe insisted on attending interviews for judicial positions at his court – only to say that five of the six candidates were his friends, and very little else.

Hlophe's silence during the gruelling eight-hour process that saw attorney Matthew Francis and advocate Nobahle Mangcu-Lockwood being recommended for appointment was so marked that journalists asked Judicial Service Commission spokesperson Dali Mpofu if Hlophe's approach to the interviews had been informed by legal advice.

While Hlophe's presence at the interviews had been the subject of multiple threats of potential legal action, Mpofu denied this was the case.

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