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Hlophe hearing halted for appeal

Chris Jafta and Bess Nkabinde will appeal to the high court to be excluded from the tribunal.

Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers acting for Constitutional Court judges Chris Jafta and Bess Nkabinde on Tuesday revealed they will file an appeal in two weeks.

The two are fighting to be excluded from the Judicial Service Commission (JSC)'s hearing looking into Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe's conduct.

Hlophe is accused of trying to sway them in a corruption case relating to President Jacob Zuma five years ago.

Last week, the tribunal subpoenaed Jafta and Nkabinde after they refused to testify.

Their lawyers argued the entire hearing was invalid and that they were not obliged to take part.

They cited a failure to follow new rules that govern this type of tribunal.

Jafta and Nkabinde will now approach the high court to get the subpoenas set aside.

Evidence leaders have allowed the delay, claiming only Jafta and Nkabinde will be worthy witnesses as they have the information that the tribunal needs.