NICOLE FRITZ: Guilty Hlophe’s role in JSC interviews would be par for the course

NICOLE FRITZ: Guilty Hlophe’s role in JSC interviews would be par for the course

2021-04-21 04:25:00 PM

NICOLE FRITZ: Guilty Hlophe’s role in JSC interviews would be par for the course

Should judge president participate, he would do so under the cloud of a gross misconduct verdict

21 April 2021 - 14:34Nicole FritzShould Western Cape judge president John Hlophe participate in the Judicial Service Commission’s (JSC’s) interviews of potential judges for appointment to the Western Cape High Court on Friday it will be a travesty of justice, but in a sense an entirely fitting end to the JSC’s two weeks of interviews for judicial appointments.

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The JSC, tasked with the appointment and disciplining of judges, including their removal, is required both to uphold the independence of the judiciary and ensure accountability of judges. Ultimately, it is in the business of overseeing justice. Yet, as any number of prominent legal commentators have already pointed out, it has been hard to spot justice in these two-week proceedings. Unless, far from that glittering, noble star we imagined it to be, justice is in fact a worn, grubby thing...

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