Karyn Maughan | Hlophe wants to remain in office but could his legal action harm the judiciary?

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John Hlophe, photographed in 2015.
John Hlophe, photographed in 2015.
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Judge President John Hlophe has launched urgent court action to ensure that he remains in office, despite being found guilty of impeachable conduct - but, Karyn Maughan writes, that could cost the judiciary dearly.

Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe insists that it would be "unconstitutional" for President Cyril Ramaphosa to suspend him until his court challenge of the process, that sees him facing impeachment is finalised.

"If I am unlawfully suspended, it would undermine my dignity in the eyes of ordinary people that cannot be restored by a favourable resolution of the National Assembly," Hlophe states in a court application to block Ramaphosa from suspending him.

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