'He's a danger on the bench' - Kriegler after Hlophe acquits Bongo of corruption
Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe dismissed the corruption case against ANC MP Bongani Bongo on Friday.
The former state security minister was accused of offering a bribe to former parliamentary legal advisor advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara in an attempt to derail Parliament's Eskom inquiry back in 2017.
Last week, the embattled judge Hlophe ruled that the State had failed to produce sufficient evidence and he dismissed the case.
Former ConCourt Justice Johann Kriegler says there were various deficiencies in the "patently dishonest judgment".
Kriegler, the chairperson of Freedom Under Law (FUL), says judge Hlophe did not make an honest evaluation of the evidence when he ruled in Bongo's favour.
"He is a danger on the bench as we have now seen", he tells CapeTalk host John Maytham.
Kriegler and the FUL have reiterated their calls for Hlophe to be suspended while he faces a barrage of allegations involving incompetence, wrongdoing, and abuse of power.
Freedom Under Law is concerned with the fact that there is sitting on the bench in Cape Town as the judge president a person who long since should have been removed, as now evidenced by this latest aberration.Judge Johann Kriegler, Retired Constitutional Court Justice
It's a cut-and-dry case calling quite clearly for an answer and a pretty convincing answer from the accused, but not for judge Hlophe.Judge Johann Kriegler, Retired Constitutional Court Justice
The test in law is perfectly clear: You do not discharge a person at the end of a prosecution case if there is evidence on the record that a reasonable judge, acting carefully could find is sufficient to convict.Judge Johann Kriegler, Retired Constitutional Court Justice
In this case, Mr Vanara told the court that he had this conversation with Mr Bongo who made this corrupt proposal to him. He rejected it.... Mr Bongo has not been asked to respond to that evidence supported by the evidence of the other three government officials of Parliament.Judge Johann Kriegler, Retired Constitutional Court Justice
Listen to the discussion on Afternoon Drive with John Maytham:
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