Judge Hlophe avoids impeachment probe – for now
The accusations by his deputy are to be put before a judicial committee that will decide what to do next
Neither judge president John Hlophe nor his deputy, Patricia Goliath, will face an impeachment inquiry over their explosive accusations against each other – at least, for now.
Two of the three judges on the judicial service commission’s conduct committee (JCC) have decided the complaints should be subject to investigations under section 17 of the Judicial Service Commission Act, which focuses on serious, but not impeachable, offences.
The decision comes after Goliath lodged a 14-page complaint against Hlophe, in which she accused him of attempting to influence the appointment of judges and trying to get judges disposed towards then-president Jacob Zuma to decide on the crucial Russia-SA intergovernmental nuclear agreement...