Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says the decade-old misconduct complaint against Western Cape judge president John Hlophe “threatens to be one of those that are going to take very long”, due in part to Hlophe’s demand for greater state funding of his defence. Hlophe’s legal team has meanwhile disclosed that he is planning a new challenge to his misconduct tribunal, whose ultimate findings could result in his impeachment. He is accused of trying to influence two Constitutional Court justices to rule in favour of then ANC president Jacob Zuma, in a 2008 case related to the Scorpions’ search and seizure raids on him and his lawyers. He has denied all wrongdoing. The Hlophe saga constitutes the longest running judicial scandal in democratic history. While Mogoeng has stressed the need for greater judicial accountability, the Judicial Service Commission’s (JSC's) failure to adequately resolve the Hlophe matter arguably undercuts that message —and leaves the judiciary open to criticism that...

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