- Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe is facing a tribunal over allegations of misconduct
- Hlophe is accused of both verbal and physical abuse by his coworkers
- DA shadow minister Glynnis Breytenbach has called for Hlophe's immediate suspension
Western Cape High Court judge John Hlope is set to face a tribunal after being accused of multiple 'gross misconduct' offences.
Hlophe has apparently upset staff at the court, facing accusations of both verbal and physical abuse.
Despite having served as Judge President for many years his deputy Patricia Goliath had filed another complaint with Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng confirming that a tribunal will be held.
Democratic Alliance shadow justice minister Glynnis Breytenbach is campaigning for Hlophe to be immediately suspended.
Breytenbach is concerned about the reputational damage the ordeal may do to the judiciary:
“This is a crucial and necessary step to ensure that the Judiciary is not stained by any individual’s alleged abuse of power and that our courts remain custodians of the Constitution and the rule of law. We cannot afford to allow a situation where the independence of the courts is brought into question.”
The shadow minister called for Hlophe to face suspension over his alleged misconduct in a statement on the issue:
“We further call for the suspension of Judge Hlophe in light of his long and tainted history of alleged misconduct and until such time that the tribunal has conducted its work and have made its recommendations. A proper investigation into these allegations can only happen in his temporary absence from office.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that Hlophe had been accused of deliberately delaying the controversial tobacco ban battle. This had come after numerous delays and an eventual date for the case to be heard in August which had earned Hlophe some fierce criticism.
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