- Raymond Zondo got emotional during his interview for the position of the deputy chief justice
- He talked about a challenging time in his life, where a man's kindness helped him and his family through
- The true act of Ubuntu has inspired the judge to help others in need, as he was helped 40-years-ago
He is the powerful judge who was recently appointed the Deputy Chief Justice, not to mention his role in the state capture inquiry. But, Raymond Zondo's hard work was not all that got him to where he is today.
During his interview for the position of deputy chief justice, Zondo revealed a part of his life not many people knew.
Getting emotional, Zondo talked about how the kindness of a businessman helped him in life- a story which is truly Ubuntu.
When Zondo was 17-years-old, Suleman Bux (76), who owned a supermarket in Ixopo, saw he his family needed help, so he grabbed in.
Bux loaned Zondo and his family groceries, because his mother lost her job two-years before he matriculated.
“When I finished matric I was confident I would get an exemption and qualify to go to university. I was confident I was going to get a bursary too but my problem was at home the situation was quite bad. My mother lost her job two years before my matric,” he was heard saying.
“Somehow I felt that the community had seen how my mother struggled to raise us on her own and expected me to look for work after matric to support her. I wanted to go and do law and was determined but I felt I couldn’t do that unless I made arrangements to ensure my mother and siblings would have something to eat.”
He asked Bux to give him the loan and without asking many questions, the kind man agreed. He helped out Zondo's family with groceries worth R20 each month, which he could repay after his studies.
However, once Zondo finished his degrees, Bux did not want his money, all he wanted was for the new Deputy Chief Justice to help others as he helped him.
“When I asked him what arrangements we could make so I repay him, he said don’t worry. Do to others what I have done to you. I thought that was very important and in my own small way I try to do that,” Zondo added.
Today, Zondo is seen as a powerful figure in South African law, but he said he would never have gotten where he is without the help of bursaries and kind people.
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