n Annual Survey of South African Law - The administration of justice

Volume 2008, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-4605



There can be little doubt that the major controversy affecting the administration of justice in 2008 was triggered by the conduct of Judge John Hlophe, Judge President of the Cape High Court. Hlophe JP was already no stranger to extensive media attention since at least 2004, due to the contested lawfulness of his receipt of a substantial sum of money in monthly payments from a financial institution (Oasis Asset Management) over the period 2000 to 2005, related disputes concerning his granting of permission to that company to sue a fellow judge, and his compilation of a report submitted directly to the Minister of Justice in which report he alleged racism in his colleagues and the legal profession.

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