The Judicial Conduct Tribunal has unanimously found the Western Cape judge president John Hlophe guilty of gross misconduct. The Tribunal has found that Judge Hlophe had breached section 165 of the Constitution when he attempted to influence two judges in favour of former President Jacob Zuma in 2008.
In 2008 Zuma was challenging the legality of the search and seizure warrants obtained by the Scorpions, which were used to seize 93,000 pages of corruption trial evidence against him.
The tribunal’s report has been submitted to the chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. The JSC is set to discuss the report.
It has been 13 years since this allegation has been hanging over the judiciary and impairing public confidence in the administration of justice. A legal expert from the University of Johannesburg Dr. Sikwani Ncube says Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe might end up facing impeachment in Parliament.
Dr. Ncube goes on to explain when a judge is found guilty of misconduct, the JSC is empowered to advise the President to suspend the judge in question.
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