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Johannesburg - A tribunal hearing a complaint of misconduct against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe will give its reasons on Friday for dismissing preliminary issues raised during the hearing.
The Judicial Conduct Tribunal dismissed objections raised on behalf of Hlophe, Judge Bess Nkabinde and Judge Chris Jafta earlier this month.
“The preliminary issues included, amongst others, that the tribunal was not properly constituted in terms of the law on the basis that the complaint that it had to investigate was not on affidavit as required by section 14(3)(b) of the Judicial Service Commission Act, 1994,” the tribunal said in a statement on Thursday.
The misconduct complaint against Hlophe was laid in 2008. He allegedly tried to influence Jafta and Nkabinde to make a ruling favouring President Jacob Zuma.
This was while the two Constitutional Court judges were considering a judgment in a corruption case relating to Zuma and arms company Thint involving the multi-billion rand arms deal.