FUL welcomes Hlophe recommendation

Judicial Service Commission considers a tribunal to probe interference by WC Judge John Hlophe.

Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe

JOHANNESBURG - Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe's lawyers on Thursday said they now waiting to hear when the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will set up a tribunal.

The hearing will probe whether Hlophe interfered with Constitutional Court cases relating to President Jacob Zuma.

On Wednesday, the Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC) recommended that a tribunal be set up, but it also decided not to proceed with a complaint against Hlophe by Freedom Under Law (FUL).

FUL chairperson Judge Johann Kriegler said they were delighted with the proposal.

He said FUL even won a complaint it previously lost.

But Hlophe's lawyer Barnabus Xulu had a different view.

"Judge Kriegler has been left with an egg on his face. He does not deal with the appropriate structures, but he is on a road show."

He claimed Kriegler wanted to humiliate Hlophe.