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Judgment in John Hlophe case reserved

The court heard arguments on the legality of the tribunal investigating him over misconduct charges.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Supreme Court of Appeal has reserved judgment in the case involving misconduct charges against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe.

The court heard arguments today on the legality of the tribunal investigating him.

Constitutional Court Justices Bess Nkabinde and Chris Jafta have accused Hlophe of trying to influence them during an arms deal case involving President Jacob Zuma in 2008.

Nkabinde and Jafta have challenged the legitimacy of a tribunal set up by the Judicial Service Commission in 2013 into Hlophe.

They both refused to testify, accusing Hlophe of trying to influence them during cases involving Zuma and arms manufacturer, Thint.

They want the tribunal to be properly and legally constituted.

The Supreme Court of Appeal has raised concerns about how long this matter has gone on for.

The tribunal remains suspended until the matter is finalised.