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Hlophe found guilty of gross misconduct for trying to sway two ConCourt justices in Zuma case

Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe has been found guilty of gross misconduct for trying to sway two Constitutional Court justices to rule in favour of then ANC President Jacob Zuma.

The Judicial Service Commission has launched an announcement confirming {that a} Judicial Conduct Tribunal headed by retired choose Joop Labuschagne had found that “Hlophe’s conduct breached the provision of section 165 of the Constitution in that he improperly attempted to influence” Justices Chris Jafta and Bess Nkabinde “to violate their oaths of office”.



Both testified that Hlophe had sought to affect their ruling on Zuma’s 2008 problem to the legality of the search warrants utilized by the then Scorpions unit to seize 93 000 paperwork now getting used as proof in the corruption case towards him. The Judge President additionally claimed that Zuma had been persecuted, simply as he had been persecuted.

Unanimous

The tribunal has additionally found that Hlophe’s conduct “seriously threatened and interfered with the independence, impartiality, dignity and effectiveness of the Constitutional Court, and his conduct threatened public confidence in the judicial system”. Its unanimous report has now been forwarded to the JSC chairperson Mogoeng Mogoeng.

While gross misconduct is an impeachable offense, Hlophe’s impeachment is just not a foregone conclusion because the JSC nonetheless wants to take into account the Tribunal’s report and its response to it.

 

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