Meet Raymond Zondo, the brave and firm judge heading the state capture inquiry

Meet Raymond Zondo, the brave and firm judge heading the state capture inquiry

The man responsible for the most anticipated criminal investigation in recent years must have nerves of steel or he could crumble under the pressure of the task resting on his shoulders. Fortunately Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is no pushover and will be handling things like a pro.

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will be heading one of the most important commissions of inquiries in South Africas post-apartheid history, as reported on by

He was recommended by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and the whole country will be looking at Zondo to do them proud and deliver swift justice.

Zondo came from humble beginnings from KwaZulu-Natal and is now the 2nd most powerful judge in South Africa - quite an achievement.

According to a report by TimesLIVE, lawyers warn others to not be fooled by Zondo's kind demeanour. He is not afraid to point out mistakes.

On accusations that the Judicial Service Commission is captured he said:

We as members of the judiciary must know that when we are appointed to the bench it is not about popularity. I am not supposed to give a judgment that will make me popular‚ where it is with a particular political party of the population or the population in general or certain sectors of society. I must make a decision which‚ in my view‚ accords with the constitution and the law.

Zondo has been a judge for 21 years and will be spending the next 2 years getting to the bottom of the state capture case.

It was in the 80's that Zondo first received legal training at the University of Zululand. He then completed his LLB at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Late Nelson Mandela appointed Zondo as a judge in the labour court in 1997 and he went on to become the judge president of the labour court.

For the last 6 years Zondo has been adjudicating historic cases at the apex court.

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