- President Cyril Ramaphosa said Chief Justice Raymond Zondo was the best candidate for the position
- He defended his decision while responding to a written parliamentary question from EFF MP Dumisani Fannie Mthenjane
- Ramaphosa said he followed the requirements for the position of chief justice set out in the constitution
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PRETORIA - President Cyril Ramaphosa defended his decision to appoint Justice Raymond Zondo as chief justice. He was appointed in March and members of the Economic Freedom Fighters criticised Ramaphosa’s decision.
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) recommended Judge Mandisa Maya over Zondo for the position. Ramaphosa responded to a written parliamentary question from EFF MP Dumisani Fannie Mthenjane asking for him to explain why he made the decision.
The president said he considered the great value in ensuring continuity and in the leadership of the judiciary. Ramaphosa said he followed the requirements for the position of chief justice set out in the constitution, according to News24.
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The requirements included the chief justice being the head of the judiciary, exercising responsibility, monitoring norms and standards for the exercise of the judicial functions of all courts and being the head of the Constitutional Court. Ramaphosa said that the factors were among the reasons why Zondo was named chief justice. He added that after considering all the factors, it was determined that Zondo was the best person for the job.
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Following Zondo’s appointment, The EFF released a statement in March which questioned his credibility and Ramaphosa’s decision. The national spokesperson for the EFF Sinawo Tambo described Zondo as a member of the judiciary who is prone to descending into the political arena when he is expected to exercise restraint, TimesLIVE reported.
Social media users did not buy Ramaphosa’s comments and believe that he made a deal with Zondo:
“Obviously, he was the best option for Ramaphosa they struck a deal.”
“They are busy complimenting each other, how nice.”
“True since no findings against Ramaphosa on the state capture report.”
“Favour for favour.”
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In a related matter, Briefly News also reported if President Cyril Ramaphosa was not elected in 2017, more damage would have been caused, said chairperson of the state capture commission, chief justice Raymond Zondo, during day two of the inquiry.
Ramaphosa had taken over from former president Jacob Zuma who planned to appoint finance ministers who were approved by the Guptas. At the time, former finance minister Malusi Gigaba who was appointed by Zuma was fired.
According to the report, National Treasury would have suffered more damage if Gigaba was still in the ministerial position. The report stated that the Guptas were adamant to capture the National Treasury and it was a miracle that it was freed from the “tentacles of the Guptas”, TimesLIVE reported. Zondo said the thought of what could have happened if Zuma was not removed along with his allies is troubling.
Source: Briefly News