Support pours in for Gauntlett

2012-11-19 09:42

Cape Town - Nominations have poured in for advocate Jeremy Gauntlett to become a Constitutional Court judge, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that support had increased for the senior advocate after he was snubbed by the Judicial Services Commission's (JSC) for a spot on the Western Cape High Court bench.

He was overlooked for the bench four times; twice for the high court and twice for the ConCourt.

Among those who have nominated him to fill an upcoming vacancy in the Constitutional Court are: struggle stalwart Mamphela Ramphele, human rights lawyer Sydney Kentridge, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, University of Cape Town vice-chancellor Max Price and Inkatha Freedom Party head Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

According to the report, the judge who nominated Gauntlett for the high court position last month, Louis Harms, was considering legal action over the JSC's decision.

In a bid to "avoid litigation", Judge Harms wrote to the JSC for a second time over a week ago to request further clarification on why Gauntlett was not appointed.

The JSC responded that although Gauntlett was fit and proper to be a judge, this alone did not guarantee an appointment.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-19 09:54

    To reiterate a post I made earlier........seesm so apt today. "To wilful men, the injuries that they themselves procure must be their schoolmasters”. - William Shakespeare (King Lear) I am sooooo delighted to see the support for this fine man. With the possibility of government going down the tubes soon, led by the chief, Zuma himself, he needs to pray that his case will be heard by Gauntlett, in which case he will have a fair hearing *snigger*. If it ever gets to the CC. Truly though, that is childish of me. MAZELTOV!!

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-19 10:06

      If there is an incompetent, corrupt person who is overlooked for a job, its called racism... What do you call the current situation in SA where intelligent, competent people are overlooked because they are white? fixing the injustices of the past. addressing the past we are filling current key positions with people who are completely useless and we end up in a society where those least capable of producing and leading lead those most capable..... how backward and corrupt is this.

  • rory.n.price - 2012-11-19 09:57

    It is because he white man

      thebe.motshwadira - 2012-11-19 10:22

      Yes, spot on jack, because mangosuthu buthelezi is white

      jack.blacking.56 - 2012-11-19 10:32

      Mangosuthu Buthelezi has a hidden agenda. The last thing black people want to see is Whites having any power.

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-11-19 10:03

    All this people who nominated him are paying bribes to have decisions their sides,why are they pushing so hard?There are many black judges who are fit for the bench and they were overlooked too,why are they not making noise?

      issy.monar - 2012-11-19 10:17

      Can you for once try to reason/comment without using black or apartheid?The obsession with this words is way too much.Public sector has failed dismally because of Employment Equity and Affirmative Action.I detest people who involve themselves in issues that are beyond their level of comprehension

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-19 11:29

      Who are these 'black judges'?

  • nikelom - 2012-11-19 10:19

    Such a brilliant mind. I would have made Justice Moseneke and him Chief and Deputy Chief any day. We are the poorer for not taking after such examples. But then what do I know. . .

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-11-19 10:24

    How many time have Judge Dikgang Moseneke being snubbed for the highest bench in the land and that man of yours doesn't come anywhere near him?We not gonna be in a situation whereby blacks makes more than 80% of the population and have a same percentage of white judges sitting on the bench,this will not reflect the demographics of this precious country.As the JSC have said your credentials doesn't automatically qualifies you a butt on the bench,there many spheres that are looked into.

      jack.blacking.56 - 2012-11-19 10:39

      @Karabo Phetoane basically what your saying is that if whites were to breed like the blacks then that would justify a 50/50 representation? Do you know what the population demographics was in 1910? BLACKS 4.5 million Whites 2 BLACKS 55 million Whites 5 million.

      issy.monar - 2012-11-19 10:58

      I i were to tell you truth Karabo,i would say you an idiot but i will reserve it for your future comments if it has got \blacks\ again.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-19 11:26

      66% of all our Judges are people of colour, so your post is nonsense.

      nqobile.buzi - 2012-11-19 12:41

      Fully agree with karabo. Let him continue doing the good work his doing where he is

  • issy.monar - 2012-11-19 10:51

    Government is like any other form of business,and for it to succeed you need a competent workforce/structure.Wish you well your Honour.

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-11-19 11:02

    @Jack.blacking we are avoiding a situation whereby we gonna elevate the other race into glorified gods,the only ones who can judge.Let our justice system be a reflection of our divest society,don't try to force an individual into the system to be used as a puppet.If that guy is good enough let him stay where he is as it seems like he is doing a very good job there.

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