Judgement reserved in Hlophe appeal application

The Johannesburg High Court on Friday reserved judgement in appeals over its ruling on allegations made by Constitutional Court judges about Cape Judge President John Hlophe.

The judges are seeking leave to appeal against the court finding that they were unfair in making the allegations against Hlophe public.

Hlophe is opposing the application.

He is seeking leave for a separate cross-appeal against the court finding that it was in the interests of public policy, justice and the judiciary as a whole that the complaint be fully investigated by the Judicial Service Commission.

Reserving judgement, Justice Phineas Mojapelo, heading a full bench of five judges hearing the matter, said the court had received fairly substantial heads of argument on the applications by the parties.

It had also heard their arguments in response to specific questions put to them by the court.

It needed to consider all the heads and “within a fairly short time” would notify the parties of the date on which judgement would be delivered.—Sapa

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