Karyn Maughan | Why the JSC is split on Hlophe's fate of impeachment, suspension

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Judge John Hlophe.
Judge John Hlophe.
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The Judicial Service Commission is divided on whether Judge President John Hlophe should become the first judge in South African history to face impeachment. A majority vote will now determine his fate, writes Karyn Maughan.

Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe will remain in his position for another two months – as a divided Judicial Services Commission prepares to vote on whether he should face impeachment for gross misconduct committed 13 years ago.  

The 14 members of the so-called "small JSC", which excludes representatives from the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces, were on Friday unable to decide on whether to support a unanimous Judicial Conduct Tribunal finding that Hlophe had sought to sway two Constitutional Court justices to rule in favour of Jacob Zuma in 2008.

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