Zondo on mis­sion to re­store Unizulu’s dig­nity

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Wise­man Mthiyane

DEPUTY Chief Jus­tice Ray­mond Zondo has vowed to re­store the dig­nity of the Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land (Unizulu).

This un­der­tak­ing was given at Zondo’s in­au­gu­ra­tion as the univer­sity’s new Chan­cel­lor last week.

He said he was ready to play a piv­otal am­bas­sado­rial role to raise Unizulu’s pro­file and ad­vance its in­ter­ests na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

‘I feel hon­oured that the coun­cil of this univer­sity has seen it fit for me to serve as its Chan­cel­lor for the next five years.

‘I con­sulted widely with peo­ple I hold in high re­gard be­fore ac­cept­ing the ap­point­ment.

‘I did this pri­mar­ily af­ter see­ing the neg­a­tive publicity that this univer­sity has been re­ceiv­ing.

‘Every­body gave me the go ahead and af­ter con­sid­er­ing ev­ery­thing, I ac­cepted be­cause I have a deep pas­sion for ed­u­ca­tion.

‘I stud­ied here and would like to make my­self avail­able on how best to take this in­sti­tu­tion to greater heights, while as­sist­ing black stu­dents from poor back­grounds.

‘I also thought that if we who stud­ied here do not ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to shape this in­sti­tu­tion, who will?

‘I ac­cepted in the be­lief that through ad­vice we would be able to turn this in­sti­tu­tion around. ‘There will be chal­lenges, but they can be dealt with when all of us com­mit to work to­gether,’ Zondo said.

Ac­com­pa­nied by Chief Jus­tice Mo­go­eng Mo­go­eng, Zondo also com­mended those who have raised the flag for Unizulu.

‘It was re­fresh­ing to read about the many pos­i­tive stories of this univer­sity in the me­dia re­cently.

‘When LLB pro­grammes were un­der threat at many uni­ver­si­ties, Unizulu en­sured that their LLB pro­gramme re­mained ac­cred­ited.

‘I ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion to spe­cial­ists in the field of law to of­fer sup­port to the law fac­ulty, but this will also ex­tend to other fac­ul­ties.’

Zondo said he was thrilled that many Jus­tices of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court had con­nec­tions with Unizulu, in­clud­ing cur­rent Chief Jus­tice Mo­go­eng Mo­go­eng.

In his mes­sage of sup­port, the head of Mkhwanazi Tra­di­tional Author­ity, iNkosi Mandla Mkhwanazi re­quested the new Chan­cel­lor to look into the is­sue of stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion, which he said was a wor­ry­ing fac­tor.

‘We are con­cerned about the safety of our stu­dents,’ he said.

The Ixobho-born Zondo holds B Juris (Unizulu), LLB (UKZN), LLM (Unisa) de­grees in labour, com­mer­cial and in patent law.

He was ap­pointed to the sec­ond high­est ju­di­cial post in the Repub­lic of South Africa af­ter the Chief Jus­tice in 2017, suc­ceed­ing Judge Dik­gang Moseneke who re­tired in 2016.

Zondo has re­ceived many ac­co­lades for his con­tri­bu­tion to hu­man rights. In Jan­uary this year he was ap­pointed by for­mer Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma as the Chair­per­son of the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into al­le­ga­tions of State Cap­ture.

Deputy Chief Jus­tice Ray­mond Zondo in­au­gu­rated as new Chan­cel­lor

Deputy Chief Jus­tice Ray­mond Zondo (mid­dle) is con­grat­u­lated by Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land Rec­tor Prof Xoliswa Mtose (left) and Coun­cil Chair­per­son No­marashiya Caluza af­ter his in­au­gu­ra­tion as new Chan­cel­lor

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