Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s legal team said they were vindicated by the ruling of the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) which granted him leave to appeal against his potential impeachment.

According to a Cape Times report, Barnabus Xulu said they were confident the SCA would come to a different ruling, but that they also intended taking the Minister of Justice to court for prejudicial treatment relating to costs not being awarded.

‘We are vindicated by this ruling. We believe, for reasons advanced in our application that the SCA will come to a different decision, which eventually will clear our client and give clarity to this long outstanding matter. The shocking thing is that our client legal team have been refused their fees, whereas the Constitutional Court judges’ legal team and the JSC are being favoured,’ Xulu said.

‘This act is prejudicial, and has been raised by our client, Judge President Hlophe, to Chief Justice Zondo, but no response has been received following months of correspondence to the department, and has necessitated that our legal team take, inter alia, the Minister of Justice to court for the same reason,’ said Xulu.

The impeachment recommendation followed the Judicial Conduct Tribunal’s finding that Hlophe was guilty of trying to influence the outcome of former President Jacob Zuma’s corruption cases before the Constitutional Court in 2008.

Full Cape Times report