JSC confirms ConCourt judge candidates

Advocate Jeremy Gauntlett will be interviewed again for the post of Constitutional Court judge.

Jeremy Gauntlett is seen at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg on August 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Tuesday confirmed that all five of the people that were nominated to fill an upcoming Constitutional Court vacancy were shortlisted.

They will be interviewed in February.

The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob.

Possible successors for the post are former Public Protector judge Selby Baqwa, judge Lebotsang Bosielo, judge Brian Spilg and advocates Mbuyiseli Madlanga and Jeremy Gauntlett.

Of the five candidates, none of them are female.

Gauntlett appears to be the most controversial candidate as he has been turned down several times in the past.

This led to arguments on whether the JSC appointed people based on their race or on their legal competence.

Currently, only two of the 11 Constitutional Court judges are women.