Western Cape judge president John Hlophe has slammed  chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s recommendation that he face an impeachment inquiry as biased, unconstitutional and potentially driven by anti-Muslim sentiment.

In a ten-page letter to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Hlophe’s lawyer  Barnabas Xulu suggests that the judge president, his wife judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe and judge Mushtak Parker — who recanted his claims that he had been assaulted by Hlophe — appeared “to have been the victims of a stinging rebuke and ruling of the chief justice” because they were Muslim.

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