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WESTERN Cape Judge President John Hlophe said he would "love" to be part of the Constitutional Court, which he described as dynamic during his interview for a post on that bench by the Judicial Service Commission.
"I would love to be part of the team of judges who sit on the Constitutional Court bench and make a contribution in terms of developing Constitutional Law," said Hlophe on Sunday after receiving a round of applause from a small group of supporters.
Up until last month Hlophe was caught up in a complaint and counter-complaint relating to allegations that he made inappropriate approaches to two judges last year dealing with a now abandoned corruption case against President Jacob Zuma.
The JSC decided after a preliminary inquiry that there was no need for a full investigation, and Hlophe's life changed from facing being removed as a judge, to being a candidate for chief justice as head of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the land.
He lost the chief justice post when Zuma nominated Constitutional Court judge Sandile Hlophe, and he was then nominated by supporters for one of the four positions on the court's bench.
He said the JSC matter was not personal, but was one of principle and that he was on good terms with the judges there.
"In my mind Mr Burgess, I have put this behind me ." he said in response to a question by JSC representative Cecil Burgess, who was chosen from the ANC in Parliament and believed they would be able to work in a "collegial" way.
He rejected a suggestion by Burgess that "newspapers say you are racist and you don't like white people".
He cited two judgments - one where he ruled against a person who did not want his case heard by a white judge, and the other of the person accused of murdering former first lady Marike de Klerk.
He visited white people, they visited him, they gave lifts to each other's children and had each other's children over at their houses.
"So, I am not a racist, I deny it." Hlophe, who holds a doctorate from Cambridge, and whose CV include lectureships and head of department at the University of Transkei, said he did not know Percy Gumbi, who lobbied for him under the "Justice for Hlophe Alliance". - Sapa