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Hlophe tribunal lawyers: Let’s go home

Lawyers for Justices Chris Jafta and Bess Nkabinde say there’s no point continuing with the hearing.

The Judicial Service Commission’s hearing into Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s conduct kicked off on Monday. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

BOKSBURG - Lawyers acting for two Constitutional Court justices insist their clients are under no obligation to take part in Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe's misconduct hearing.

Chris Jafta and Bess Nkabinde are the only two justices who are not part of the collective complaint made against Hlophe.

Hlophe is accused of trying to sway Constitutional Court judges who were considering a 2008 corruption case relating to then Deputy President Jacob Zuma.

Jafta and Nkabinde's lawyers say everyone should just go home and not bother with the hearing at all.

They say there's no clear idea about what rules are meant to be followed in the tribunal being heard by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

According to the lawyers, no affidavits were made as per the new rule requirements and the hearing has so far been characterised by utter confusion.

These arguments will now be considered by the tribunal, who will make a decision on the matter by Thursday when the hearing reconvenes.

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