Gauntlett facing misconduct complaint

2012-11-23 11:01

Johannesburg - A professional misconduct complaint has been lodged against advocate Jeremy Gauntlett by lawyer Paul Ngobeni, Beeld reported on Friday.

Ngobeni, who is being investigated for, amongst others, alleged fraud in the US state of Connecticut, lodged the charge on Thursday, just 24 hours before nominations for the Constitutional Court judge vacancy close.

Ngobeni accuses Gauntlett of "false and scandalous accusations against the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), and in particular Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng".

He alleges that Gauntlett, during recent questioning by the JSC, provided "false or less than honest" answers to questions about Judge President John Hlope.

Last month, the JSC decided not to recommend Gauntlett as a judge in the Western Cape High Court, questioning whether he had the "humility and the appropriate temperament" for the job.

Gauntlett has since received several nominations from, among others, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille, to be a Constitutional Court judge.

According to Beeld, Gauntlett and Ngobeni had clashed for years, partly because of Gauntlett's involvement in a disciplinary tribunal instituted against Ngobeni by the University of Cape Town.

At the time, there were allegations that Ngobeni's legal qualifications were suspect, and he resigned.

Gauntlett has described Ngobeni's legal action as a deliberate attempt to scupper his nomination.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-23 11:17

    Gauntlett has too many fans and is too qualified. So muck will be raked like usual. Disgusting twerps.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-11-23 14:24

      Jeremy Gauntlett looks like a jolly decent person !

      rontheogre - 2012-11-23 16:17

      The fact that he is qualified in temperament and academically, is in itself enough reason to be passed over for the position.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-23 11:19

    Ngobeni - Go to the kitchen and help yourself to a glass of STFU. By the sounds of thing you wouldn't recognise honesty if it slapped you in the face

      aubrey.christie - 2012-11-23 11:37

      @ngobeni Your asinine response does not warrant a reply. You must be a carpenters off' spring.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-23 11:23

    LOL! I read this a week ago in the M&G and simply laughed!! 'They' will try anything!! YOU GO JEREMY!!!

  • Mike - 2012-11-23 11:32

    Ngobeni is being investigated for fraud in the USA and resigned from UCT for allegedly fraudulently misrepresenting his qualifications: NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE !! I'm only surprised that he is allowed to practise as a lawyer.

      rontheogre - 2012-11-23 16:19

      It is the pot and kettle scenario.

  • Erna - 2012-11-23 11:35

    Isn't jealousy an ugly emotion!

  • willie.uys - 2012-11-23 11:40

    I know it is difficult for you but just hang in there Jeremy. In the end, the cream will rise to the top and you will get justice. We look forward to seeing you on the bench at the Constitutional Court.

  • oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-11-23 11:43

    This last week has been one in which all the cockroaches are coming out of the woodwork ... doom must be working

  • justin.sly.77 - 2012-11-23 12:01

    That's rich, Ngobeni is a crook himself, that is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Oops, I said black, I must be racist, let me re-phrase, that is the pot calling the kettle white, better?

      colin.dovey - 2012-11-23 12:25

      Ha Ha - we need to keep the colour issue out of it, so how about: 1. A man without pants laughed at man with holey pants 2. One with torn clothes mocks the naked But of course - he could just be slated for indulging in slander.....

  • Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-23 12:17

    Wonder who put him up to this idiotic move as I doubt he has the brains to think of that himself. Hardly impartial,mabe a friend of hopwe orwhatever his name is.

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-11-23 12:26

    Ngobeni like all ANC sycophants you are afraid that this champion will come after you and put you in jail where you belong. Nasty little creep you are

  • bongohead.sipho - 2012-11-23 12:36

    This bitter darkie is nothing but a racist.

  • Rebecca Edelman - 2013-12-24 03:33

    Ngobeni abandoned a score of trusting clients and thereby ruined their lives. This betrayal was far worse than his larceny. I know because I am one of his victims. Ngobeni is brilliant but an immoral wacko.

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