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Hlophe picked the judge to argue his fate

Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe – the first judge to face possible impeachment for gross misconduct after being found guilty by a Judicial Conduct Tribunal – selected a judge to represent the division at deliberations into his final fate, says a Daily Maverick report by Marianne Thamm.


State accused of ‘extravagance’ in Xulu case

The state's hunting down of lawyer Barnabas Xulu for R20m in legal fees is an ‘extraordinary extravagance’, his Advocate, Isaac Shai, told the Western Cape High Court in a virtual hearing on Friday.


Hlophe lawyer's bid to appeal contempt ruling dismissed

Judge President John Hlophe's attorney, Barnabas Xulu, has failed in his urgent bid to challenge the scathing contempt of court ruling made against him, which he argued unlawfully ordered him to hand over his Porsche.


JSC kicks the Hlophe can down the road

It was a surprise to nobody in the legal profession when the divided JSC ducked out of taking any decision – except to postpone the process that has dragged on for 13 long years – on whether Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe should face impeachment.


Rules prevent Mkhwebane impeachment process

The rules of Parliament prevent an impeachment process from going ahead against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, according to her counsel, Dali Mpofu SC, in written argument to the Western Cape High Court. 


DA flags 'ridiculous' sums for service providers

The Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture & Recreation spent R16m on two service providers to administer R13.2m Covid-19 relief grants to the Gauteng athletes and artists.


More skeletons tumble out of Digital Vibes cupboard

The heat is about to be turned up a notch on Health Minister Zweli Mkhize following the latest revelations by Daily Maverick investigative unit Scorpio on the Digital Vibes saga.


Guptas must 'pay back the money'

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan wants the controversial Gupta family and their collaborators to follow the lead of firms like McKinsey and ‘pay back the money’.


Reinstating Afrikaans impractical, Unisa argues

Unisa has told the Constitutional Court of the range of impracticalities it would face if compelled to reinstate Afrikaans as a language of teaching and learning alongside English, according to a report in The Star.


Top advocate rubbishes Mpofu racism claims

General Council of the Bar chairperson Craig Watt-Pringle says Advocate Dali Mpofu's ‘shut up’ comments to counsel Michelle le Roux at the State Capture Inquiry amounted to ‘bullying’, which he says Mpofu falsely tried to justify with racism claims.


JSC urged to recommend Hlophe suspension

The question of how the JSC will vote in the matter of Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, considering what is termed its ‘abysmal track record’, is pertinent to the chances of Hlophe presiding as part of a three-judge panel on the Public Protector’s challenge to the constitutionality of an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.


'Professor' fails in bid to gag newspaper

The principal of a Free State college has failed in her bid to gag the Sunday Times from publishing a story on her controversial use of the title ‘professor’, says a report in the newspaper.


Hlophe lawyer gets suspended jail term for contempt

Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s legal representative, Barnabas Xulu, has been found in contempt of six civil court orders, slapped with a R30 000 fine, instructed to surrender his Porsche 911 Carrera and sentenced to 30 days imprisonment, suspended for three years.


Municipal manager's 'golden handshake' slammed

The Ugu District Municipality's decision to terminate the employment of municipal manager Dhanpalan Naidoo has been slammed by opposition parties which did not agree with how the matter was handled.


Hlophe battle heats up as JSC stands firm

The war of words over disgraced Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe being allowed to attend today's JSC interviews of would-be judges for the division he heads reached fever pitch yesterday after the JSC rejected a recommendation by Freedom Under Law (FUL) that Hlophe be barred from attending.


RAF wants R340m back from law firms

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is attempting to claw back some of the funds lost as a result of years of maladministration and corruption. 


Legal action looms over JSC's Hlophe decision

Urgent legal action is looming over the JSC’s decision to allow Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe to participate in the selection of judges for his division on Friday despite being found guilty of gross misconduct by the Judicial Conduct Tribunal (JCT).


Now Mazzone's qualifications questioned

DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone's qualifications has come under scrutiny following the suspension of the party's Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela amid claims that he lied about his Bcom degree.


Jail Hlophe call as pressure builds on JSC

As pressure builds on the JSC to act on the findings against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, Freedom Under Law's Johann Kriegler argues that Hlophe should not only be impeached, but he should be prosecuted and jailed for defeating the ends of justice.


Unborn baby case offers dignity, but not to all

The judgment by the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) in The Voice of the Unborn Baby case – that most parents who lose a child prior to birth have a right to bury their baby’s bodily remains, irrespective of the stage of foetal development – is a victory to be celebrated by all.





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