Suspended Judge John Hlophe Said Cyril Ramaphosa Suspended Him for Political Reasons

Suspended Judge John Hlophe Said Cyril Ramaphosa Suspended Him for Political Reasons

  • Suspended judge John Hlophe claims that President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended him because of political pressure
  • He also believes that his suspension was unlawful despite the Judicial Service Commission finding him guilty of misconduct
  • South Africans had lots to say about this and aired various opinions after he spoke in an EFF podcast

Tebogo Mokwena, Briefly News's current affairs journalist, offered coverage of current affairs relating to the economy, finance, banks and state-owned enterprises during his seven years at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News.

John Hlophe believes that Cyril Ramaphosa suspended him out of political pressure
John Hlophe suspects that Cyril Ramaphosa suspended him for political motives. Images: Foto24/ Felix Dlangamandla/ Gallo Images/ Getty Images and Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images via Getty Image
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Suspended Western Cape Judge John Hlophe said on an Economic Freedom Fighters podcast that he was suspended because President Cyril Ramaphosa faced political pressure. Hlophe added that his suspension was unlawful.

Hlophe speaks out about his suspension

According to Sunday World, Hlophe was suspended in 2008 following his litigation of then-president Jacob Zuma. He was accused of trying to influence the Constitutional Court judges and suspended in 2008, which still stands. Hlophe revealed that he took voluntary suspension and was cleared by the JSC the following year.

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He was accused of urging the judges to rule in Zuma's favour and was suspended again. He also says he was persecuted by the Democratic Alliance. He further believes that whatever decisions Ramaphosa makes as a president are politically motivated.

South Africans discuss Hlophe's suspension

South Africans on Facebook weighed in and some made some recommendations.

Arnold Arends said:

"The knives are coming out!"

Lebogang Ramaboea said:

"Show the world evidence and take a public lie detector test."

Mathuka Peter Ndidzulafhi wrote:

"To fight Cyril, join the MK party. You will get your revenge."

Thembalethu Manyike added:

"Ramaphosa is a puppet of white racist Afrikaners."

Gardner Makhubana observed:

"You don't bow down to him."

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In similar news, Briefly News reported that Eskom's new CEO, Dan Marokane, had been suspended while he was still an Eskom employee.

It was revealed that Marokane was suspended as a senior manager because he was implicated in state capture. South Africans questioned how such a person could be employed and how his history hadn't come to light before.

Source: Briefly News

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