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Gauteng judges are not Judge President Hlophe's 'minions' - court hears

Gauteng judges are not Judge President Hlophe's 'minions' - court hears

2021-09-23 09:28:00 AM

Gauteng judges are not Judge President Hlophe's 'minions' - court hears

Court dismisses Judge Hlophe’s bid to have Gauteng division not hear review application

“Are you persisting in that view,” Judge Sutherland asked.Sidaki referred to another matter heard in the Western Cape high Court, where an Eastern Cape judge presided because it concerned Hlophe’s attorney, Barnabas Xulu.“There, certainly, is not a submission that there is not a judge in this division that is qualified to hear this matter.

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“However, I would like to direct this court to the precedent that has been set before,” he said.First asking how that would assist the court, Judge Sutherland quoted from the letter that raised questions of the Gauteng court’s impartiality.“Do you think that all members of the Gauteng division constitute a swarm of minions who are enthralled to the Judge President and who go about sucking up to him to each and everything he has a whim about,” he asked.

Sidaki said: “I can only say that the content of that letter is unfortunate.”This prompted the presiding judge to say Sidaki’s response was “perhaps the relevant remark” to be made about the request.However, he said there was no merit on any grounds for inviting a member of another division to come hear the matter. headtopics.com

“It is the responsibility of this division to hear it. I will case-manage this matter until the hearing, and a judge of this division will hear the matter.”Judge Sutherland said he hoped that that would be the last they heard about it.“Of course, if you have any reasons to seek the recusal of the judge who is assigned to hear the matter, that is a different issue, and that we will deal with in due course,” he said.

Earlier, Judge Hlophe abandoned his application to interdict both his suspension from office and the institution of the impeachment process against him.Judge Sutherland noted Judge Hlophe has abandoned the relief in Part A of his application.He had earlier told Sidaki that there was no case.

“From these papers, it is demonstrable that the application against the president was premature. There is no urgency in the application against the Speaker.”Judge Sutherland also said Part B of the application would be removed from the roll to allow Judge Hlophe, JSC and FUL (Freedom Under Law) representatives to agree on a timetable for exchange of affidavits and heads of arguments.

The judge ordered that once an agreement has been reached, his office should be notified so that “I shall fix the earliest convenient date and allocate a judge to hear the matter”.The application by FUL to join the Part B of the application was postponed indefinitely, and would be addressed if it was either re-enrolled or argued at the same time as the main application. headtopics.com

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No costs for Wednesday's application were granted, but the costs incurred by FUL for the proceedings were reserved for determination at a later time.Meanwhile, Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has welcomed the abandonment and withdrawal of the urgent application to interdict the National Assembly from going ahead with the impeachment process.

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