After five years, tribunal against John Hlophe set to start in Sandton
The judicial conduct tribunal to investigate and decide on a complaint lodged by Constitutional Court justices against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe is set to begin on Monday.The Constitutional Court justices have accused Hlophe of trying to influence the outcome of cases involving then ANC president Jacob Zuma in 2008.It was alleged the judge president approached then acting justice Chris Jafta and justice Bess Nkabinde on separate occasions, where he discussed the cases with them.When the tribunal was about to begin its work in 2013‚ Nkabinde and Jafta raised challenges against the tribunal’s constitutionality. Their argument was that there was no valid complaint before the tribunal that could be investigated.They said they were under no obligation to attend the hearing unless there was a complaint under oath, as required by the Judicial Service Commission Amendment Act.The then tribunal chairman‚ retired judge Joop Labuschagne‚ dismissed their objection. This prompted ...
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