Mogoeng’s on an anti-Muslim mission to get me: Hlophe

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Mogoeng’s on an anti-Muslim mission to get me: Hlophe

Judge president’s lawyer also flags chief justice’s ‘pro-Zionist political statements’ in rant to JSC

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Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe has slammed Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s recommendation that he face an impeachment inquiry as biased, unconstitutional and potentially driven by anti-Muslim sentiment.

In a 10-page letter to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Hlophe’s lawyer, Barnabas Xulu, suggests that the judge president, his wife Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe and Judge Mushtak Parker – who recanted his claims that he had been assaulted by Hlophe – appeared “to have been the victims of a stinging rebuke and ruling of the chief justice” because they were Muslim.

In an apparent reference to Moegoeng’s comments to The Jerusalem Post  last month that SA would have greater influence if it displayed a more balanced approach in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Xulu further states: “We are particularly distressed by the fact that Chief Justice Mogoeng’s action in the JSC proceedings follow immediately in the wake of his heated pro-Zionist political statements which not only intruded into the executive’s exclusive domain in matters of foreign policy but raised questions about our judiciary’s commitment to international human rights issues and possibly brought the entire South African judiciary into disrepute...

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