William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
25 Jan 2020
6:23 am

Forget Hlophe’s transgressions; look at the JSC

William Saunderson-Meyer

The Western Cape Judge President's behaviour has often been reprehensible. But the JSC has so far done everything possible to duck its responsibilities.

William Saunderson-Meyer.

When the Western Cape Judge President is accused by his deputy of gross misconduct, one has a serious crisis. When this follows upon allegations of serious impropriety that remain unresolved after a dozen years, it means the constitutional mechanisms of oversight are inadequate or have been subverted. If nothing is done to rectify the problem – suspension and a speedy investigation – one has a national, constitutional crisis that goes to the heart of the judiciary’s public credibility and standing. Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath lodged a formal complaint against her boss, Judge President John Hlophe, claiming verbal abuse, victimisation,...