Hlophe case: No complaint, no hearing

Judges Chris Jafta and Bess Nkabinde say they do not want anything to do with the hearing.

Judges Chris Jafta and Bess Nkabinde are being represented separately at the hearings. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Judicial Conduct Tribunal is expected to hear why two judges have not launched an official complaint against Western Cape Judge President, John Hlophe.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC)'s hearing into Hlophe's conduct kicked off on Monday.

Hlophe denied allegations that he tried influencing the two Constitutional Court Judges in cases linked to President Jacob Zuma in 2008.

Judges Chris Jafta and Bess Nkabinde are being represented separately at the hearings.

It is alleged Hlophe told Jafta he was Zuma's only hope to avoid corruption charges in 2008.

The two judges have distanced themselves from the hearings and said they did not want anything to do with it.

Their lawyers are expected to tell the tribunal why they are under no obligation to be part of proceedings.

This is crucial to the case as Hlophe's lawyers claim it can't proceed without a formal complaint against him.

Lawyers acting for Hlophe don't believe the hearing should go on.

His head lawyer, Courtney Griffiths QC, pointed out that Jafta and Nkabinde won't lodge a formal complaint.

Both judges are under no obligation to attend even though they could give admissible evidence as to what really transpired.