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Judge president Hlophe tried to influence nuclear case, claims deputy

The deputy judge president has also laid a complaint alleging that Hlophe’s wife got ‘preferential treatment’

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Western Cape High Court judge president John Hlophe has been accused by his deputy of trying to influence the appointment of judges in the 2015 nuclear deal case.

In a far-reaching “gross conduct” complaint with the Judicial Services Commission (JSC), deputy judge president Patricia Goliath accuses Hlophe of attempting to interfere in the legal challenge to the intergovernmental agreement between SA and Russian nuclear agency Rosatom.

At the time, Goliath says Hlophe told her “criticism of former president Jacob Zuma with regard to the controversial nuclear deal was unwarranted”. ..

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