R3.2m and counting: Why Hlophe will not refund the state for impeachment legal costs, even if he is guilty

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Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe.
Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe.
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Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe received R3.2 million in state funding to fight his potential impeachment for allegedly trying to sway a Constitutional Court ruling in favour of Jacob Zuma.

He will never have to pay that money back, thanks to the intervention of Zuma officials even if he is found guilty.

In response to questions from News24, the state attorney revealed it had initially refused to grant Hlophe legal funding in the Constitutional Court's gross misconduct complaint against him because he refused to sign an undertaking that he would reimburse the money if he was found guilty.

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