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Hlophe trial: Jafta, Nkabinde summoned

Two ConCourt justices at the centre of the scandal have been called to testify at the JSC hearing.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Justices Chris Jafta and Bess Nkabinde have been subpoenaed to give evidence at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC)'s tribunal into Judge John Hlophe's conduct.

Earlier on Thursday, their lawyers failed in an attempt to keep them out of proceedings by arguing a formal complaint wasn't made against Hlophe.

The Western Cape Judge President has denied claims he tried to sway the Constitutional Court with regards to President Jacob Zuma's 2008 corruption case.

Tribunal chair Judge Joop Labuschagne dismissed calls to bring the hearing to a close.

Hlophe's lawyers then complained they've had to wait five years for the hearing to start and evidence leaders seem ill-prepared.

The tribunal will reconvene on Tuesday.

The postponement will give Jafta and Nkabinde time to prepare before being asked to give evidence.

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