More revelations surfaced this week about Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s alleged attempt to influence Constitutional Court judges in cases involving African National Congress president Jacob Zuma.
Hlophe apparently told acting Judge Chris Jafta, in isiZulu, words to the effect that ‘you are our last hope” and that the case against Zuma ‘should be looked at properly”, reported Business Day.
The paper on Thursday published the allegations made in Chief Justice Pius Langa’s submission to the Judicial Service Commission.
Hlophe’s alleged comments cannot be swept under the carpet as a case of misspeaking or misquotation. The embattled judge could, of course, always say his words were taken out of context, or deny ever having spoken them.
The judges involved in the alleged incident—Jafta and Constitutional Court Justice Bess Nkabinde—say Hlophe approached them at the end of March and on April 23 2008, respectively. Crucially, Hlophe apparently told Nkabinde that ‘he had a mandate to act as he was doing”.
On Thursday afternoon, the ANC distanced itself from the claim. Zuma’s office referred queries about the alleged mandate to the ANC.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe was quoted as saying by the Cape Argus: “Judge Hlophe is not a member of any structure of the ANC, so I don’t know what mandate he would be talking about.”
We now await Hlophe’s version of the story.
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The South African quick walked away with numerous local cricket awards this week, including being named the Mutual & Federal cricketer of the year, due recognition for a scintillating season in which he rocketed to the forefront of world cricket. This is a timely boost ahead of South Africa’s tour of England.
At a time when thousands of foreigners are still living in refugee camps here following last month’s deadly xenophobic attacks, Malema says: “We are prepared to take up arms and kill for Zuma.” A call to arms? It could easily be seen as such by those who sang Zuma’s Umshini Wami while attacking foreigners. But is Malema apologising? No. The ANC should take strong and visible action against him.
June 12 to 18
1. Pressure on Zim’s MDC to share power
Zimbabwe’s opposition is under intense political and violent pressure to agree to call off a second round of presidential elections in a fortnight and join a coalition government that keeps President Robert Mugabe in power.
2. Choose Mugabe or you face a bullet
The soldiers and ruling party militiamen herded the people of Rusape to a field at the back of the local sports club and made their point crystal clear.
3. ‘Kill for Zuma’: I can explain, says Malema
African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema is to explain remarks he made about ANC president Jacob Zuma, which have been met by a chorus of outrage.
4. ANC slams threat to ‘take up arms’
The African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday slammed as “reckless” a youth leader’s threat to take up arms for party head Jacob Zuma as he faces corruption charges.
5. MDC’s Tendai Biti disappears
A Zimbabwe judge ordered police bring Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) secretary general Tendai Biti to the High Court after police had questioned the authenticity of a previous order., “The judge has ordered that he should be brought here by 12:00pm [1pm GMT],” Biti’s lawyer said on Saturday.
6. Pass the Panado
With his popularity waning, ANC president Jacob Zuma faces a series of hurdles.
7. Mugabe raises spectre of war
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe raised the spectre of war on Friday by warning that his staunchest supporters are ready to take up arms rather than let the opposition triumph in a June 27 election run-off.
8. Zimbabwe: ‘Hard days ahead’
Zimbabwe’s presidential vote is unlikely to end the country’s accelerating political and economic crisis, with neither side willing to enter a unity government to end the bloodshed.
9. UK, US slam Mugabe’s ‘criminal regime’
Britain and the United States urged Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Monday to allow international monitors to ensure a free and fair run-off election in the Southern African country.
10. Mugabe vows MDC will never rule Zim
President Robert Mugabe vowed on Saturday that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) would never rule Zimbabwe and that he was prepared to fight to keep them from taking power.