The Black People's Convention (BPC) finds it disconcerting that a furore has erupted about Judge John Hlophe.
We suspect he has never been forgiven for telling certain white people that if they can't come to terms with the reality that this is a black country and that black people will increasingly take over the reins of power, they should go back to where they came from.
Hlophe's statement is viewed as an unforgivable act of treason for which one is sentenced to death - if not by burning at the stake then by character assassination.
Our suspicions are strengthened by what appears to be well-synchronised and very loud calls for him to step down, mainly from the white legal fraternity. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?
We are told that judges can apply the law without fear, favour or prejudice. Now how ludicrous to hear that the judges of the highest court in the land are complaining of having been sought out to be influenced improperly!
What did he do? Offer them bribes? Knowing how the system works we suspect foul play and think Hlophe is being made a scapegoat. An investigation into judgments he has delivered might yield a clue.
Spokesman Black People's Convention, Pretoria