Hlophe in judicial hot water: “apprehension of bias”

Controversial Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe is back in the spotlight following his contested handling of a High Court matter involving allegations of a multi-million rand fraud. One side in the dispute claimed they had a ‘reasonable apprehension’ that the judge was biased against them. And the Supreme Court of Appeal has now set aside Hlophe’s disputed orders and findings, agreeing that, given his behaviour, this ‘apprehension’ was justified.