The public is entitled to know more about the reasons behind judicial appointments, writes Adila Hassim.
The JSC has been given the go-ahead from advocate Jeremy Gauntlett to furnish reasons for it overlooking him for a place on the Western Cape Bench.
The JSC will speak with advocate Jeremy Gauntlett, who was overlooked in bench interviews, before it decides whether to give reasons for its decision.
Transformation was the main preoccupation for the JSC as it gathered this week in Cape Town to interview candidates for positions on the Bench.
A US labour expert testified at the Competition Tribunal hearing in Pretoria on Thursday Walmart's bid to acquire a controlling stake in Massmart.
Over the past few years the JSC has spurned the opportunity to appoint some searing legal talent.
Members of the legal fraternity are eagerly waiting to see if John Hlophe recommends the JSC re-advertises four vacancies on the Cape Bench.
The lawful decision by the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) not to continue its inquiry into Cape Judge President John Hlophe has upset some people, the Black Lawyers' Association (BLA) said on Tuesday. "It's an outcome they don't like," BLA president Henry Msimang said.
Nine senior advocates from the Cape Bar, some of them former acting judges, have publicly called on Cape Judge President John Hlophe to quit. "We believe that there cannot be public confidence in the continuation in office now of Judge Hlophe," they said in a letter published on Tuesday.