Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Lawyers want top judges to step down

The Black Lawyers Association (according to liberals and the PC hypocrites - the fact that the organisation is based on the colour of their skin pigmentation is not racist, go figure?) - anyhoo, they are positioning themselves to bask in the good graces of the president-in-waiting, LaZooma.

Hlophe is a made-man for the Zuma clan and has been accused of attempting to influence judges to act improperly over the Zuma trial.

PS: Anybody know where I can find the White Lawyers Association?

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While the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) waits for the Constitutional Court to advise if it still intended pursuing a complaint against Cape Town President John Hlophe, the Black Lawyers Association (BLA) wants action against the judges of the country's highest court, the Sunday Times reported.

Yesterday the BLA called for the Constitutional judges involved in the case against Judge Hlophe to step down or face impeachment if it is found they acted maliciously against him. This week Judge Hlophe filed a complaint against the Constitutional Court judges for, among other things, failure to follow due process.

BLA president, Andiswa Ndoni, said the Judicial Service Commission must urgently deal with Judge Hlophe's complaint against the judges. "This whole saga has disgraced the profession." Ndoni said quick handling of the matter would help restore public confidence.

Constitutional Court's Judge Bess Nkabinde and Judge Chris Jafta told the JSC that they had no intention of filing complaints against Judge Hlophe and that they had told Chief Justice Pius Langa and his deputy, Judge Dikgang Moseneke, this. The drama started two weeks ago when the Constitutional Court announced that it had referred a complaint of improper influence against Judge Hlophe to the JSC for investigation.

However, once the commission acted on it, the two judges announced they had no complaint. On Friday, the Constitutional Court failed to submit a detailed complaint and asked for more time. The JSC has since written to the court to ask if there is still a complaint and what the evidence is.

The judge's complained of impropriety against Judge Hlophe centres on four cases -- all related to applications by ANC president Jacob Zuma, his attorney Michael Hulley, and French arms companies Thint and Thint Holdings Southern Africa -- for leave to appeal three 2007 Supreme Court of Appeal judgements.

The matters were heard by the court in March, but judgement had been reserved. Advocate Marumo Moerane, spokesman for the JSC said if statements from the judges were not forthcoming, it would not automatically end the investigation. Moerane also said Judge Hlophe's complaint could either be investigated separately or could form party of the Hlophe investigation, should that continue.

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