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Hlophe's date set for August 7

By unknown | 2008-07-28 00:00:00.0

Dudu Busani

Dudu Busani

Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe's application for a declaratory order and interim interdict against the constitutional court (Concourt) and Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will be heard on August 7.

Hlophe launched the application in which he claims that the court has violated his rights.

The controversial judge is also seeking an interdict to stop the Judicial Service Commission from proceeding with an inquiry into complaints he and Concourt judges have lodged against each other.

The squabble between Hlophe and his colleagues started in March when a media statement, alleging that he "sought to improperly persuade Judge Christopher Japhta to decide the Jacob Zuma-Thint cases in the manner favourable to Zuma".

Ten days later Hlophe fought back by launching a complaint with the Judicial Service System, saying that the Concourt judges had violated his rights by issuing the media statement.

On June 17, 12 judges led by Chief Justice Pius Langa wrote a letter on Hlophe's complaint. The letter was addressed to Justice Craig Telfer Howie, the deputy chairman of the JSC.