Mabandla approves Hlophe’s leave

12th June 2008 By: Sapa

Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla has officially approved Cape Judge President John Hlophe's leave application, her office confirmed on Thursday.

"The Minister approved it yesterday - the Judge President will be on leave until matters have been resolved," Mabandla's Spokesman Zolile Nqayi said.

This comes after two Constitutional Court judges launched a complaint with the Judicial Service Commission against Hlophe for trying to improperly influence the Constitutional Court's decision on search raids by the Scorpions on the premises of ANC president Jacob Zuma.

Meanwhile, the lawyer representing Hlophe denied reports that the Cape Judge President is to lodge a counter-complaint with the Judicial Service Commission against the Constitutional Court judges, the SABC reported.

Hlophe's lawyer, Lister Nuku said: "It is not correct to say that Judge Hlophe has launched a counter-complaint, it is something that was not correctly reported.

"He is concerned about the fact that the judges of the Constitutional Court released a media statement before a complaint was laid and that is obviously a violation of his rights and I indicated that he is now considering his options given that his rights have been violated".