JSC meet to discuss allegations against Hlophe

The Judicial Service Commission will meet tomorrow to discuss the latest allegations against Cape Judge President John Hlophe, JSC spokesman Marumo Moerane said yesterday.

The Judicial Service Commission will meet tomorrow to discuss the latest allegations against Cape Judge President John Hlophe, JSC spokesman Marumo Moerane said yesterday.

He said the meeting would take place in Johannesburg, at a hotel near OR Tambo International Airport.

Last week Constitutional Court judges accused Hlophe of trying to improperly influence the court's decision on search raids by the Scorpions on ANC president Jacob Zuma.

The complaint has been referred to the JSC, which is trying to arrange an urgent meeting to deal with the matter.

Moerane said he had not yet received an agenda for the hastily arranged meeting - the next scheduled meeting of the JSC is in October - but assumed it would be a preliminary meeting.

"I think it's probably an attempt to try and expedite things. share ideas and see what we have on the table, what documents have been presented," he said.

Asked about reports that Chief Justice Pius Langa, who normally chairs the JSC, would not do so in this case because the complaint originated from his court, Moerane said Langa would not be at Friday's meeting because he was out of the country. But, because of the involvement of the Constitutional Court judges, he doubted whether Langa would be involved. - Sapa

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