47 top academics support Gauntlett

2012-11-29 11:40
Jeremy Gauntlett SC (Felix Dlangamandla, Beeld)

Jeremy Gauntlett SC (Felix Dlangamandla, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Forty-seven of the country's top legal academics have collectively called on the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) to appoint advocate Jeremy Gauntlett to the Constitutional Court.

The academics are from the universities of Stellenbosch, Pretoria, the Witwatersrand, Western Cape, Unisa, Rhodes, North West, and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Beeld reported on Thursday.

Legal experts said on Wednesday it was the first time since the inception of the JSC 18 years ago that one candidate had received support from so many academics.

Their individual support brings the number of people and institutions who have nominated Gauntlett thus far to more than 60.

Among the names listed on the nomination form are: Professor Gerhard Lubbe (US), Jonathan Campbell (Dean of Law at Rhodes), Sonia Human (Dean of Law at US), Thomas Bennett (UCT), Tomas Floyd, Cristoph Garbers and Juanita Jamneck (Unisa), Duard Kleyn (UP), Anton Kok (Deputy Dean of Law, UP), and Victor Bronstein (Wits).

In their letter, the 47 academics state they have the highest regard for Gauntlett's outstanding abilities.

"He has conducted himself with integrity and dignity throughout his career and has consistently demonstrated an exceptional commitment to justice and the expansion of our constitutional democracy."

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