Hlophe to stay put

John Hlophe is accused of trying to influence two Constitutional Court judges.

John Hlophe is accused of trying to influence two Constitutional Court judges.

JOHANNESBURG - Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe will reportedly remain in his post, pending the outcome of a tribunal that is to be set up to investigate gross misconduct allegations against him.

The Saturday Star reported that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has formally informed Hlophe's lawyer Barnabas Xulu about the probe into misconduct claims brought by the Constitutional Court.

Hlophe stands accused of trying to influence two Constitutional Court judges to rule in favour of President Jacob Zuma in a case involving the multi-billion rand arms deal.

The matter was heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal which ruled in favour of the Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and lobby group Freedom Under Law, who brought the case against Hlophe.

Hlophe faces impeachment if found guilty, however a date for the start of the tribunal is yet to be announce.