MEDIA houses will again attempt to have the Judicial Service
Commission’s preliminary investigation of Western Cape Judge President
John Hlophe open to the public, writes Sashni Pather in The Times.

Avusa Limited, owner of The Times, along with the Mail & Guardian and Independent Newspapers, have filed an urgent application in the South Gauteng High Court, Johannesburg, arguing that a closed hearing flies in the face of openness and transparency.

The respondents to the application are Hlophe, the JSC and the judges of the Constitutional Court.

Last week, the JSC announced that it had appointed a sub-committee to investigate whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed with its hearings into the dispute between Hlophe and the Constitutional Court judges.

Hlophe is alleged to have tried to influence two judges in a matter related to President Jacob Zuma.

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