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Judge President John Hlophe
Who is John Hlophe?
John Hlophe is the Judge President of the Western Cape division of the high court of South Africa.
Why is he in the news?
In March 2008, Constitutional Court Justices Bess Nkabinde and Chris Jafta said Hlophe had personally tried to convince them to give judgments in favour of then president Jacob Zuma on two cases that implicated Zuma in corrupt activities. On April 11, the Judicial Conduct Tribunal unanimously found Hlophe guilty of gross misconduct.
Why is this important?
Allegations of misconduct against judges are serious because they damage the credibility of the courts. There are wide ranging allegations against Hlophe including attempting to influence judicial appointments, assaulting fellow judges, sexual impropriety and creating a climate of hostility and fear in chambers.