Judge Majiedt quizzed on ‘regrettable’ spat with Judge President Kgomo
Naledi Shange | 2017-04-04 13:00:34.0
Judge Steven Majiedt. File photo.
Image by: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Judge Steven Majiedt’s spat with Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo in 2006 was once again thrust into the spotlight on Tuesday as he underwent an interview for the post of a Constitutional Court Judge.
One of the Judicial Services commissioners quizzed Majiedt on what he had learnt from the incident.
Describing it as a “mistake” and “unfortunate incident” Majiedt admitted that he could have handled the matter differently.
Back in 2006‚ Kgomo had overlooked Majiedt‚ who was the most senior judge in the division at the time‚ when proposing an acting replacement to the justice minister before going on leave.
Majiedt responded by allegedly sending a heated text message to Kgomo‚ wherein he accused him of discrimination and‚ adding that he had been sly and cowardly in his actions.
The issue was resolved by the JSC.
“The judge president and I decided we were both at fault. We are now the best of friends‚” Majiedt told the JSC.
He highlighted though‚ that he would always assert his right to be treated as a human being.
“I will never allow myself to be trampled on because people do not consider me black enough‚” he said.
Kgomo‚ who is also one of the commissioners at the JSC confirmed that they had resolved the issues.
He said the issue had since been “dead and buried” and he had nothing but respect for Majiedt. – TMG Digital