The Judge John Hlophe saga has been going for so long that children who were starting high school when it began are now about to matriculate. In fact, when Hlophe decided to have those conversations with two Constitutional Court judges, we were all living in another country.
There was a man who enjoyed reading on the throne at the Union Buildings, and one who seems to enjoy other things was about to stand back, and enjoy the totality of a recall.
And when it began, it looked serious, in the way that only a scenario involving a senior judge trying to influence judges in the country's top court to rule a certain way for soon-to-be-president can. But it became even more damaging than we first thought.
And the damage it's causing isn't over. The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) tribunal hearings that have now started into Hlophe's conduct still have the potential to actually wreak even more havoc on the Constitutional Court.
As always with matters Hlophe, it's important to provide some context. Our tangled web starts when the Constitutional Court released a public statement which said that all of its judges have lodged a complaint with the...