Black Lawyers Association seeks to enter the fray in John Hlophe litigation

2021-12-01 05:54:00 PM

The Black Lawyers Association has asked to join in the litigation over the potential impeachment of judge president John Hlophe, saying it was the Judicial Service Commission’s process, and not Hlophe, that had harmed the dignity of the judiciary.

The Black Lawyers Association has asked to join in the litigation over the potential impeachment of judge president John Hlophe, saying it was the Judicial Service Commission’s process, and not Hlophe, that had harmed the dignity of the judiciary.

The Black Lawyers Association has asked to join in the litigation over the potential impeachment of Western Cape judge president John Hlophe, saying it was the Judicial Service Commission’s process, and not Hlophe, that had harmed the dignity of the judiciary.

01 December 2021 - 13:28ByFranny RabkinWestern Cape judge president John Hlophe has applied to set aside a finding of gross misconduct. File photo.Image:Trevor SamsonThe Black Lawyers Association (BLA) has asked to join in the litigation over the potential impeachment of Western Cape judge president John Hlophe, saying it was the Judicial Service Commission’s (JSC) process, and not Hlophe, that had harmed the dignity of the judiciary.

Hlophe has been referred to parliament for possible impeachment after the JSC decided by majority that he wasguilty of gross misconductin respect of a 2008 complaint by justices of the Constitutional Court.The ConCourt justices complained that Hlophe had sought improperly to try to influence the outcome of cases pending before their court related to corruption charges against former president Jacob Zuma. The JSC decision followed an April finding of gross misconduct by a Judicial Conduct Tribunal.

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In a letter to litigants, the organisation said there was no 'adverse and material consequence' when Hlophe allegedly sought to influence 'fearless independent judges' 01 December 2021 - 13:28 By Franny Rabkin Western Cape judge president John Hlophe has applied to set aside a finding of gross misconduct.Full bench of high court finds that NGO has historical connection to case 29 November 2021 - 14:49 By FRANNY RABKIN Western Cape judge president John Hlophe's bid to prevent Freedom Under Law joining litigation on his impeachment has failed.01 December 2021 - 14:15 Ernest Mabuza Journalist The NPA believes there are reasonable prospects that another court, notably the Supreme Court of Appeal, would find there were material misdirections on questions of law when Western Cape judge president John Hlophe acquitted ANC MP Bongani Bongo (pictured), on a charge of corruption.Journalist 01 December 2021 - 14:06 The NPA believes there are reasonable prospects that another court, notably the Supreme Court of Appeal, would find there were material misdirections on questions of law when Western Cape judge president John Hlophe acquitted ANC MP Bongani Bongo (pictured), on a charge of corruption.

File photo. Image: Trevor Samson The Black Lawyers Association (BLA) has asked to join in the litigation over the potential impeachment of Western Cape judge president John Hlophe, saying it was the Judicial Service Commission’s (JSC) process, and not Hlophe, that had harmed the dignity of the judiciary. Image: Trevor Samson Freedom Under Law’s (FUL) investment in litigation on the possible impeachment of Western Cape judge president John Hlophe is “palpable”, the Johannesburg high court said on Monday when it ordered that the organisation may join Hlophe’s court case to prevent his impeachment. Hlophe has been referred to parliament for possible impeachment after the JSC decided by majority that he was guilty of gross misconduct in respect of a 2008 complaint by justices of the Constitutional Court. Hlophe found Bongo not guilty of allegedly attempting to bribe parliament’s Eskom inquiry evidence leader Ntuthuzelo Vanara. The ConCourt justices complained that Hlophe had sought improperly to try to influence the outcome of cases pending before their court related to corruption charges against former president Jacob Zuma. The finding related to a 2008 complaint by all the then justices of the Constitutional Court that he sought to influence the outcome of judgments then pending before the apex court relating to corruption charges against former president Jacob Zuma. The JSC decision followed an April finding of gross misconduct by a Judicial Conduct Tribunal. The state had alleged that on October 10, 2017, Bongo had offered an undue gratification to Vanara for him to fake illness or assist the accused to delay and/or stop parliament’s inquiry into Eskom’s affairs.

However Hlophe has approached the Johannesburg high court to review and set aside the JSC meeting that took the decision to refer him to parliament as well as the Tribunal’s decision. When FUL sought to join the litigation – to support the JSC – Hlophe opposed it, saying FUL had not made out a case that it had a direct and substantial interest in the matter or that it was acting in the public interest as required to join as a party to the litigation. Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act provides that if, at the close of the case for the prosecution in any trial, the court is of the opinion there is no evidence the accused committed the offence referred to in the charge or any offence of which he may be convicted on the charge, it may return a verdict of not guilty. On Monday, the high court ruled that the complainant justices of the ConCourt and Freedom Under Law (FUL) could intervene in the review application. Hlophe had not opposed the justices’ intervention but had virulently opposed FUL’s.. In a letter on behalf of the BLA from attorneys Venfolo Lingani Incorporated to the parties asking for their consent to intervene as an “interested party”, the BLA said it was formed in 1977 to address the adversity faced by black lawyers. “They can only attest to what Mr Vanara relayed to them regarding the meeting between himself and Mr Bongo,” Hlophe said. In seeking to intervene, it was acting “in the interests of black advocates, attorneys and judges from its ranks” and in the interests of justice, since this case was likely to be precedent-setting when it came to possible impeachment. He said in his judgment: “Vanara’s evidence is not credible in some material respects.

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