47 top academics support Gauntlett

2012-11-29 11:40

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."

  • sipho.dube.92 - 2012-11-29 11:50

    We need credible and capable individuals to uphold our constitution.

      philemon.ndlovu.5 - 2012-11-29 13:15

      He does not comply with AA requirements. He defends e-toll.

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-11-29 14:13

      @philemon - That is why SA does not have the required skills to perform at maximum competency. The AA argument should only be used for normal run of the mill job opportunities, we cannot let the best man for the job lose out at such a high level, it is bad for our international competitiveness and bad for SA.

      Jack - 2012-11-29 17:29

      If the he intends to apply the same kind of logic he applied in the e-tolling case then in my humble view the Constitutional Court can well do without him.

  • lerato.mnizi - 2012-11-29 11:55

    Jeremy Gauntlett is defending the tolling of the gauging freeways. Even though It is clear that no proper course was followed when the decision of e-tolling was made, yet he uses his ability to lie, umm, I mean argue that SANRAL did nothing wrong and that tolling will go ahead. Well, he can go to hell. I hope they never appoint him.!

      willa.prinsloo - 2012-11-29 11:59

      its called shooting the messenger

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-11-29 15:06

      Once again ... another example of why a proper democracy does not work in the third world. The truth is simply that guys like Lerato just don't have the intelligence to understand how the whole system i.e. parliament/legal system/constitution/ etc etc work.

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-11-29 11:56

    Even after the crap he has spoken at the e-toll case?

  • Yandaworld - 2012-11-29 12:01

    Not being racist, but why is it only whites vouching for him?! And these people are nowhere where the e-toll will be taking place!!!

      chris.gill.9849 - 2012-11-29 12:09

      Not to point out your racism, but Mamphela Ramphele also vouched for him and last time I checked she's not white.

      Alan - 2012-11-29 12:09

      Because he is white and nobody else will vouch for him.

      kevin.metcalf.9469 - 2012-11-29 12:10

      "Not being racist but..." You are being racist, saying that does not give you free reign to make racial comments. him being white has nothing to do with it, the academics supporting him names' 'sounding white' has nothing to do with it. Over 60 people supporting him, and you know where all of 'these people' are from?

      lois.lloyd.1238 - 2012-11-29 12:33

      Me also not being racist, I wonder if Blacks not vouching for him because he is white?

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-11-29 14:16

      Never mind Mamphela Ramphele, there is also Mangosuthu Buthelezi. There are black people vouching for him. Just keep in mind though that it does not make a prominent black academic or politician very popular to endorse a white man for a top judicial position in this country. If your white, you just aint right, that is how things are in our country.

  • AceOfSpades - 2012-11-29 12:38

    Afrikaner Universities. Lets get the other side shall we

      polya314 - 2012-11-29 13:17

      Since when are UCT, WITS, and UNISA 'Afrikaner' universities? Is UJ an 'Afrikaner' university because they teach in Afrikaans: despite having a majority of black students? Is UCT an 'Afrikaner' university because it has Afrikaans as a major subject; and if so, is it a 'Xhosa' university because it has Xhosa as a major subject? Since when were we back to pre-1994, where there were white and black universities; conveniently forgetting, of course, the dissent among most academics during Apartheid in UCT and WITS. We have memorials all over UCT's campus commemorating the student uprisings. Why don't you come to UCT or WITS or UJ or UP, and see that there are a huge amount of black people; certainly a majority in the first three. Transformation HAS happened. Your picture of the South African landscape is positively 19th century. Those universities are the only ones with any real substance in constitutional law, that's why they're appearing on the list.

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-11-29 14:20

      What an utterly brainless comment. Either you do not understand Universities, or you are just plain doff. Please keep in mind, it would make soil the reputation of a black politician or academic to recommend a white man for a prominent judicial position. Racist much!?

      AceOfSpades - 2012-11-29 14:53

      Which has never had 'huis kultuur' and whats the constituency of UNISA's senior staff? Its nice to defend but rather do a little home work before you embarass yourself. Never really saw student constituency as criteria to categorising a University. Mind you, I have interactions with all those institutions. Get inside the corridors and stop looking at the colours on the windows.

      AceOfSpades - 2012-11-29 14:55

      Only Afrikaner institutions offer Bilingual tuition last time I checked

      polya314 - 2012-11-29 17:23

      I'm not sure I should even respond... Student constituency is EVERYTHING. That's all that matters, because it reflects the academia of tomorrow. They have changed since 1994, they are not Afrikaner universities. I wasn't speaking about bilingual tuition, it has nothing to do with it. You have completely missed my point; the point is that there exists no definition of an 'Afrikaner' university because there is NO such thing. Just like there is no 'black', 'white', 'Jewish', 'Muslim', 'homosexual' etc. university - they are diverse. You say you have regular contact? Well I'm a student at UCT, and I take serious offence to you calling it an 'Afrikaner' university - especially considering that I'm studying Xhosa: and I mean as a major! Wake up to your own strange Apartheid views.

      mahlorislash - 2012-11-30 08:15

      All offence intended. Having a bunch of black followers who have no influence over any decision making transforms an institution, is that what you are saying? And guess where I learnt about apartheid.

      mahlorislash - 2012-11-30 08:19

      Preserving on language which is not in the international arena for me qualifies that as an Afrikaner university. I am quite sure if I started an institution giving tuition in Xitsonga and English it would be deemed a Tsonga university. Get your logic right. As for learning iSixhosa, what does that qualify you as, diverse?

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-11-29 13:01

    He must wait because his time will come and this is not his time,why are this people making this an urgent matter? or is there something we don't know behind this vouch? Being qualified and doing excellently doesn't automatically guarantee you a sit on a higher bench,when Judge Dikgang Moseneke was overlooked for a Judge President sit there was no loud noises from so called top academics or is it because he is not white and staying in Cape Town.

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-11-29 14:24

      You are so very confused, or just ignorant. When Judge Mogweng was chosen over Judge Moseneke, there was a huge outcry from the country's academics and politicians. Helen Zille even tried to intervene by requesting meetings with Zuma and sending him letters etc. You have a very bad memory of this, black and white people alike were outspoken about Judge Mogweng's appointment. Racist much!?

      Karabo Phetoane - 2012-11-29 15:07

      We have to avoid a situation whereby our justice system is dominated by one race and subsequently it doesn't reflect the demographics of this nation,what I mean is that we don't have to over compliment whites into the system.Its not only whites who can be judges,we have an abundance of blacks with integrity who can be elevated to such positions.Lets avoid a situation whereby whites turned into a glorified race or gods,we must not have few black judges wherelse blacks make more than 80% of the population.If Gauntlett is good let him remain where he is for now because it looks like he is doing a very good job and his time will come,forcing him into the system will look like as it looks now that he is vouched to look after the interests of some people.

  • Magotlha Kekana - 2012-11-29 14:21

    How interesting, volks clubbing for one of their own. And we're supposed to trust whites in the judiciary. Shame on the old order racists hiding behind so called academics!

      polya314 - 2012-11-30 07:56

      ...And there's absolutely no chance that he might actually be the best candidate suited for the job? None at all...?

  • Magotlha Kekana - 2012-11-29 14:24

    As for Mamphele Ramphele, i pity her. Token black voice,just like those fronting in businesses. Shame on her!

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