Law firm Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes has defended awarding a bursary to Cape judge president John Hlophe’s son, Thuthuka, as he was “one of many” recipients of the scheme, it said in a statement on Monday.

The news of the bursary follows a controversy over Hlophe receiving a retainer from a financial services company.

In a statement on Monday, Andy McPherson, managing partner of Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes, noted that he was responding to press reports that the firm had awarded a bursary to Judge Hlophe’s son and said there was “nothing sinister about the bursary being awarded to Thuthuka Hlophe”.

McPherson said — in a statement released by HWB communications — that: “Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes runs a number of education initiatives, the bursary being just one of them.”

He said further: “The scheme is independent, and will remain so, and was set up to speed up the process of transformation in our firm.

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