Zondo appointed ConCourt judge

2012-08-14 21:50

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has appointed Judge Raymond Zondo to the Constitutional Court, the presidency said on Tuesday.

"We wish Justice Zondo well in the exercise of this important duty to the country and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa," said Zuma in a statement.

Zondo served as an acting judge on the Constitutional Court from in November last year until 31 May.

He is presently a judge of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Zondo will begin his term on 1 September.

The presidency said Zondo had a 20-year career in the legal field and began his career as a judge in the Labour Court in 1997.

He then served as a judge in the then-Transvaal Provincial Division in 1999 for a short stint, before being appointed as an acting Judge President of the Labour Appeal Court and Labour Court.

Zondo became the permanent Judge President of the Labour Appeal Court in 2000, where he served a 10-year term.

After his term in the Labour Appeal Court expired, he was appointed to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Zondo holds a B Iuris degree from the University of Zululand, an LLB degree from the University of Natal, an LLM degree from the University of SA in Labour Law, an LLM degree with specialisation in Commercial Law from Unisa and an LLM degree in patent law with Unisa.

  • TSR01 - 2012-08-14 22:28

    The President can appoint anyone with qualifications to the constitutional court? But that's still technically cadré deployment if the president finds someone in such a position willing to take a bribe or do favors, in which case the appointment comes beyond the scope of the presidency's authority. If this kind of behavior were legitimate, any acting president of any country could appoint any judge to the constitutional court in order to change the constitution to commit acts of abuse which are otherwise unconstitutional and illegal. This is all a smelly kettle of fish!

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-08-15 01:39

    Is mr zondo coming frome kzn? Welcome to animal farm

  • lizwi.makala.3 - 2012-08-15 03:26

    As long he's a Zulubouy and he's well-educated for the position,apoint him,you can even apoint DJ Tira as a minister of music just to show the one's who were there before you how it works.

  • theo.joubert.37 - 2012-08-15 10:12

    I thought that the judiciary is supposed to be totally independent. If they are independent why are Judges appointed by the presedent? And why are parliament in controle of magistrates and judges salary? Are they really independant or is the president, parliament and the ANC in fact manipulating the judiciary? We are on the same path as Zimbabwe where the courts are ruled by their government, and just look at the state they are in.

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