A LOBBY group that has been campaigning for months for Cape Judge John Hlophe to get a seat in the Constitutional Court says it is disappointed that he was not considered for the post.
Judge Hlophe was one of 23 candidates interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto, since Sunday for four positions on the Constitutional Court.
Percy Gumbi of the Justice for Hlophe group said: "We feel disappointed that our preferred candidate was left out. The main objective of this group was to have him as chief justice in the Constitutional Court."
"There have been a lot of irrelevant issues raised during the interviews, which we believe were meant to derail him. It became more of a trial than an interview," he said.
But, IFP MP Koos van der Merwe said he was happy with the list.
"It is well balanced and racially mixed. Judge Hlophe just didn't make it and should consider trying next time."
ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said they respected the decision.
DA MP Hendrik Schmidt said the party welcomed the fact that Hlophe did not make the list.
"Judge Hlophe's character and reputation remain fundamentally tainted, and his appointment to the Constitutional Court would certainly have damaged that institution."