'The JSC has allowed Judge John Hlophe to duck and dive for more than a decade'

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is looking at a series of complaints lodged by Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath against her boss John Hlophe.

Hlophe is being accused of verbally victimising Goliath.

She has also claimed Hlophe tried to influence the appointment of judges in a 2015 case involving former president Jacob Zuma.

A similar allegation was made against Hlophe nearly 12 years ago.

In a Daily Maverick piece, former Constitutional Court judge Johann Kriegler has called into question the integrity of particular judges who sit on the bench and what should be done to maintain public confidence in the judiciary.

Kriegler says the matter demonstrates that there is something wrong with the way disciplinary measures against judges are implemented.

If you can have Judge President Hlophe nearly 12 years after he was charged by judges of the Constitutional Court with a serious crime still around, then something is seriously wrong.

Judge Johann Kriegler, Freedom Under Law chairperson and former Constitutional Court judge

The mechanism is sound... the Judicial Service Commission has not done its job. It has allowed Judge Hlophe to duck and dive for more than a decade and never firmly be called to account.

Judge Johann Kriegler, Freedom Under Law chairperson and former Constitutional Court judge

Judges are human beings, I know...but they are put in a position of high trust and more is expected of them and they have to live up to that standard. If they don't they must go.

Judge Johann Kriegler, Freedom Under Law chairperson and former Constitutional Court judge

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