Gauntlett too short-tempered - JSC

2012-11-07 12:09

Johannesburg - The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) believes Jeremy Gauntlett SC cannot be a judge because he has a "short thread" and it doubts whether he has "humility", it was reported on Wednesday.

In a letter to Supreme Court of Appeal former deputy president Louis Harms, who nominated Gauntlett, the JSC wrote that his "excellence and experience as a lawyer were acknowledged", but that there were other concerns, the Business Day and Beeld reported.

"Some commissioners accepted his assurance that as a judge one is removed from the immediate combative situation that counsel usually find themselves in, but strong reservations were also expressed as to whether... he has the humility and the appropriate temperament that a judicial officer should display."

The JSC reportedly cited concerns that Gauntlett was not "possessed of humility", had a "short thread" and "can be acerbic at times".

Beeld reported that senior members of the legal fraternity were shocked at the JSC's decision to reject Gauntlett as a judge for a fourth time.

Harms had asked for substantive reasons why attorney Mokgoatji Dolamo was recommended instead of Gauntlett.

The JSC made its decision in closed-door deliberations last month, after interviewing eight candidates for five vacancies in the Western Cape High Court.

In its letter to Harms, it said the court's demographic composition had been a "very important consideration", and that the appointment of two white men would amount to "doing violence" to the Constitution.

Beeld reported that Gauntlett's long-standing colleague, constitutional law expert Prof Marinus Wiechers had described him as a paragon of professional conduct who had never had a complaint laid against him.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-07 12:17

    Now this is scary and racist good grief!!! We need judges like this especially with the criminal activity in this country!!!!

      claudia.meads - 2012-11-07 12:45

      ... Welcome to INSANIA..! ...

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-11-07 13:22

      "demographic composition had been a "very important consideration" its ALL about pigmentation!

      Anton - 2012-11-07 13:36

      @matli can you read

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-11-07 12:21

    and mogoeng and Hlope posess humility????????????

      george.slade.161 - 2012-11-07 13:58

      Spot On --Mogoe is arrogant enough to be on the ANC NEC !!! TheAnswer is that he is White --Pure Simple fact .Forget the other codwallop.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-11-07 12:24

    "doing violence" to the Constitution is placing a person whom is the last defence against chaos in a position of power because of their skin tone and not their ability

  • martin.engels.73 - 2012-11-07 12:25

    If they cant find a reason they make up one no matter how absurd it is.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-11-07 12:26

    Once again mediocrity will triumph over brilliance

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-11-07 12:28

    The truth is quite obvious. Jeremy Gauntlett SC as a jurist probably has nothing to be humble about. Why must he feign humbleness? What cr@p reasons!

  • theo.konings.9 - 2012-11-07 12:45

    Translation - He does not kiss anyones backside and he calls a spade a spade. Typical cANCer reasoning !!!

  • willem.wulfse - 2012-11-07 12:52

    A prerequisite for being a judge is to be sweetness itself. What a bunch of a......s.

  • mxolisi.myambo - 2012-11-07 12:52

    these findings are shocking.the man has a clean record!in which court was he tried for being "acerbic"!! shocking indeed

  • aubrey.christie - 2012-11-07 13:11

    The whole bunch of theJSC are really just a huge bunch of racists. Jerry Gauntlett would show them up on every turn. The paradigm of ethics Hlope and our drunk judge. where is our country headed.

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-11-07 13:12

    Gross injustice

  • robert.mutlow - 2012-11-07 13:21

    Maybe he is too brilliant at what he does and others feel intimidated. Dumbing down. It's a world wide problem. Let mediocrity rule the world.

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-07 14:11

      They feel threatened by his intellect aqnd ability.

  • brettcch - 2012-11-07 13:33

    God help us

  • thepudi.solly - 2012-11-07 14:14

    Its not about race, the counsel is smart. For the record im black but i know the gentleman is smart. Small minds are just scared of objective and smart people.

  • gideon.rossouw - 2012-11-07 14:23

    I think we should subject the rest of the judiciary to this 'humility test' !!!

  • thato.seloane - 2012-11-07 14:25

    Guess he's not "fit for purpose" then as the DA calls it

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