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Goliath vs Hlophe: 3 allegations Chief Justice recommends tribunal investig

The Chief Justice has recommended that three claims lodged against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe are serious and warrant a tribunal.

Three serious allegations contained in the explosive affidavit by Western Cape Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath has resulted in Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng recommending that a tribunal be established to investigate gross misconduct claims against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe.

A counter-complaint made against Goliath by Hlophe was dismissed.

These are the claims against the Judge President that Mogoeng recommended be investigated.

In her complaint, Goliath charged that Hlophe had physically assaulted one of his unnamed colleagues on the Bench and that the judge wanted to proceed with a criminal complaint but was persuaded by another to not go ahead with it.

Judge Mushtak Parker has since been identified as the other party in the alleged scuffle. He has since agreed with Hlophe’s response, denying the attack.

Mogoeng said the alleged assault, inside Parker’s chambers during working hours, saw more than 10 judges depose affidavits, with 15 of Parker’s colleagues saying he had until February consistently “told the same assault story”.

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