13 June 2017

South Africa: Time for Judge Hlophe to Face the Music


Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe has found himself the focus of a searing SCA judgment handed down last week with regard to his conduct in another matter involving the alleged theft of R48-million by a businessman. The man was represented in court by the same attorney representing Hlophe in pending disciplinary proceedings before the Judicial Services Commission over allegations that the Judge President approached two Justices of the Constitutional Court in 2008 in an attempt to improperly influence that court's pending judgment in a case involving Jacob Zuma. Hlophe was excoriated by the SCA for potential bias in ruling in favour of the crooked businessman. By MARIANNE THAMM.

The case a nutshell.

The story begins on 26 May, 2009 when Matthews Mulaudzi invested R33.5-million in a Fairbairn Capital Investment Frontiers Policy underwritten by Old Mutual Life Assurance Company. It was a five-year fixed bond policy with a maturity date of 2 June 2014.

On 24 March 2011 Mulaudzi concluded a written deed of cession with Nedbank Financial Planning ceding all rights, title and interest owing to him in the policy. Nedbank in turn informed Old Mutual on 13 April 2011 that it was now the legal owner of the...

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