The African National Congress (ANC) has said in Parliament that it will wait for Parliament to be informed of recommendations for the suspension of Western Cape High Court Judge John Hlophe before commenting.
The Judicial Service Commission decided on Monday to recommend to President Cyril Ramaphosa that Hlophe be suspended until the parliamentary impeachment proceedings.
It found Hlophe guilty of gross misconduct when he tried to improperly influence two former constitutional judges in a case related to former president Jacob Zuma’s 2008 corruption charges.
According to ANC chief Whip Pemmy Majodina, it is too early to form an opinion on the matter. “When we wait for the proper procedures, when the matter is properly adjudicated according to the parliamentary minutes, only then will we comment on the matter of the JSC recommendation.
“We cannot speak for the president. The president has not yet commented on the matter. And at all times we must respect, we must respect the separation of powers. We are a legislative branch and the JSC did not recommend this to us. It is recommended to the president. We will receive a price offer based on whether or not the matter is referred to us as a parliament.”
Meanwhile, in Parliament, the Congress of the People (COPE) says it supports the Judicial Service Commission’s decision to suspend Hlophe.
COPE national spokesperson Dennis Bloem says: “The integrity and dignity of the judiciary must always be protected. No one is above the law. We support this move. This is a step in the right direction. President Judge John Hlophe – a dark cloud hangs over his head. It should be suspended.”
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