“Though the mills of God grind slowly; Yet they grind exceeding fine”
It is the most serious of allegations: that a senior judge would attempt to sway the judgement of two Constitutional Court judges. Yet it has been allowed to fester for the last eight years.
The allegation was made by the two justices, Chris Jafta and Bess Nkabinde. It was – to put it simply – that they should find in favour of Jacob Zuma (then facing allegations of corruption in relation to the notorious arms deal.)
Justice Hlophe is alleged to have told them that he would be next Chief Justice and that they should consider their future – and rule in favour of Zuma.
Justice Hlophe, who had faced previous allegations of misconduct, described these allegations as “utter rubbish …” and as “… another ploy …” to damage his reputation”.
But the matter has dragged on…and on…and never been resolved. Hlophe (who is the Judge President of the Western Cape) has used every judicial ploy to ensure that it never comes before a full court.
Today, finally, it has moved one step forward, with a hearing in the Supreme Court.
Don’t hold your breath…
Source: Eyewitness News
JOHANNESBURG – The Supreme Court of Appeal has reserved judgment in the case involving misconduct charges against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe.
The court heard arguments today on the legality of the tribunal investigating him.
Constitutional Court Justices Bess Nkabinde and Chris Jafta have accused Hlophe of trying to influence them during an arms deal case involving President Jacob Zuma in 2008.
Nkabinde and Jafta have challenged the legitimacy of a tribunal set up by the Judicial Service Commission in 2013 into Hlophe.
They both refused to testify, accusing Hlophe of trying to influence them during cases involving Zuma and arms manufacturer, Thint.
They want the tribunal to be properly and legally constituted.
The Supreme Court of Appeal has raised concerns about how long this matter has gone on for.
The tribunal remains suspended until the matter is finalised.