FUL threatens legal action against JSC

The FUL says something drastic needs to happen at the JSC so it can change its attitude.

The FUL says something drastic needs to happen at the JSC so it can change its attitude. Picture: RSC Inc.

JOHANNESBURG - Freedom Under Law (FUL) on Saturday threatened to take the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to court amid severe criticism of the body and the resignation of one of its commissioners.

Advocate Izak Smuts quit the JSC on Friday.

Smutz said the majority of the commission's members clearly had a completely different understanding about freedom of expression and human dignity to the way he sees the Constitution.

He slammed the JSC for not appointing the best candidates to the judiciary.

In a statement, FUL said its board would have to consider whether it would again institute appropriate proceedings to challenge the legitimacy of the JSC if no one else took action.

The group, which boasts names like advocate George Bizos, said it was alarmed by Smuts' resignation.

Smuts said he was in despair on numerous occasions about the decisions the JSC took when it came to appointing judges.

He believed the commission's refusal to appoint or promote Judge Azhar Cachalia and Advocate Jeremy Gauntlett or Judge Clive Plasket was proof that there was something deeply concerning about its attitude.