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‘Gauntlett reasoning was ludicrous’

Former Constitutional Court judge Johan Kriegler says Jeremy Gauntlett has been unfairly overlooked.

Advocate Jeremy Gauntlett SC.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Constitutional Court judge Johann Kriegler on Monday said he did not believe the Judicial Service Commission (JSC)'s reasons for not appointing Advocate Jeremy Gauntlett as a judge.

Last week, the commission announced it did not appoint Gauntlett for demographic reasons.

The commission added that Gauntlett "lacked humility".

Former Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) Deputy Judge President Louis Harms has now asked for more clarity from the JSC, while he considers launching a challenge to the decision.

Harms nominated Gauntlett to be considered for the position.

Kriegler said the JSC's reasoning was ludicrous and insulting.

"To say he [Gauntlett] can't be appoint because he has no service or lacks humility is balderdash."