SA Reacts to John Hlophe’s Election to the Judicial Services Commission

SA Reacts to John Hlophe’s Election to the Judicial Services Commission

  • Former Western Cape Judge President Dr John Hlophe has been elected to the Judicial Services Commission
  • Hlophe was elected weeks after being sworn in as a member of Parliament for the MK Party and less than a year after he was impeached
  • South Africans reacted differently. While some applauded his appointment, others were unimpressed

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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.

The MK Party's Parliamentary leader Dr John Hlophe was appointed to serve on the JSC
John Hlophe's appointment to the JSC caused a stir. Image: Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images
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JOHANNESBURG—South Africans debated the appointment of former Western Cape judge president Dr John Hlophe to the Judicial Services Commission.

Dr John Hlophe was appointed to JSC

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According to TimesLIVE, Hlophe and five other members of Parliament representing different political parties have been elected to serve on the JSC. The JSC is the same body that made the findings which led to John Hlophe's impeachment.

The African National Congress voted in favour of Hlophe serving on the JSC. The United Democratic Movement, the African Transformation Movement, and Al Jama-ah also voted in favour of Hlophe. The Democratic Alliance, the Freedom Front Plus, and the African Christian Democratic Party voted against him.

Mzansi debates Hlophe's appointment

South Africans discussing Hlophe's appointment on Facebook debated whether it was a good move to appoint him.

Timpana Ramdibe said:

"The ANC is confused and frustrated. Power is slipping between its fingers."

Zweli Justice said:

"ANC is playing smart here."

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William Thomson said:

"ActionSA, the ANC and ATM could have taken a strong moral stance. Instead, they decide to take revenge against the DA."

Carl Taylor asked:

"How on earth can an impeached judge be elected to the JSC?"

Bernard Mamagogo Maila said:

"The ANC is playing mind games."

Melwyn Ward said:

This country is a real joke."

MK Party appoints John Hlophe as the party's leader in Parliament

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that the MK Party appointed Hlophe as its leader in Parliament.

Hlophe's appointment came after he was elected to represent the party as one of its Members of Parliament.

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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: