Impeached Former Judge John Hlophe Appointed MKP’s Party Leader in Parliament

Impeached Former Judge John Hlophe Appointed MKP’s Party Leader in Parliament

  • Impeached former judge, John Hlophe has been appointed as the MK Party's parliamentary chief whip
  • Hlophe was removed as a judge in March this year after he and retired judge Nkola Mothata were impeached
  • South Africans were stunned by the appointment, and some believed he would be an excellent whip due to his legal experience

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, has covered policy changes, the State of the Nation Address, politician-related news and elections at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News for over seven years.

John Hlophe has been appointed as the MK Party's Parliamentary leader
John Hlophe will be going to Parliament to lead the MKP. Image: Felix Dlangamandla/ Gallo Images/ Getty Images
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JOHANNESBURG – South Africans were surprised when impeached judge John Hlophe was appointed as the MK Party's chief whip.

Hlophe appointed chief whip

According to a leaked email sent to the party's caucus @LandNoli posted on X, the email was addressed to MK's leader in Parliament, Hlophe, and Sihle Ngubane, the provincial whip. The email informed members that the party will be centralising key responsibilities and has reached a critical stage in the party's administrative and financial operations.

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The party also announced that the Head Office would manage the funds allocated from National and Provincial Assemblies, though it was unclear who would be handling the party's finances. The party also said the head office would deal with resources or contracts, including the procurement processes, to ensure they comply with party policies. View the complete statement here:

SA celebrates the news

South Africans applauded for John Hlophe's appointment.

Mangethe said:

"These are brilliant news."

Prof Jonathan Moyo said:

"This is it. Mind over matter!"

Stimela Ntshangase said:

"The MKP is in serious business."

Macala Petrus said:

"No retreat, no surrender. Forward ever, backwards never."

Clement said:

"Congratulations to JP Hlophe and to the MK. You have a leader and a man of integrity there."

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In a similar article, Briefly News reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters' president, Julius Malema, reached out to Hlophe.

Malema tweeted, after Hlophe was removed as a judge, and he said that he would never go to bed hungry. Some interpreted that to mean Malema would offer him a job in the future.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: