Distin­guished Chan­cel­lor ap­point­ment at Unizulu

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THE Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land has an­nounced Deputy Chief Jus­tice of the Repub­lic of South Africa, Ray­mond Mnyamezeli Mlungisi Zondo, as its new Chan­cel­lor.

The ap­point­ment, valid for a five-year re­new­able term, will see Jus­tice Zondo act as the tit­u­lar head of the univer­sity with no ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers.

His for­mal obli­ga­tions will, among oth­ers, in­clude the con­fer­ment of de­grees at grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies.

In ad­di­tion to his cer­e­mo­nial role, the Chan­cel­lor will also have an im­por­tant am­bas­sado­rial func­tion, work­ing to raise the univer­sity’s pro­file and ad­vance its in­ter­ests na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

‘The univer­sity is priv­i­leged to have a Chan­cel­lor of Jus­tice Zondo’s stature and we look for­ward to hav­ing him on board,’ said Unizulu Sec­re­tary to Coun­cil and Reg­is­trar, De­wald van Rensburg.

Jus­tice Zondo was born on 4 May 1960 in Ix­opo, where he com­pleted his ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

He holds a B.Juris de­gree from the Univer­sity of

Zu­l­u­land; LLB from the then Univer­sity of Natal (now Univer­sity of KZN); LLM (cum laude) in Labour Law; LLM with spe­cial­i­sa­tion in Com­mer­cial Law, as well as a LLM in Pa­tent Law - all from the Univer­sity of South Africa.

Jus­tice Zondo served part of his ar­ti­cles of clerk­ship un­der the late renowned Vic­to­ria Mx­enge’s law firm prior to her as­sas­si­na­tion.

As a re­sult, he ceded his ar­ti­cles of clerk­ship to Mthembu and Part­ners and later to Chan­nels Al­ber­ton At­tor­neys.

Af­ter ad­mis­sion as an at­tor­ney, he served as a part­ner in a Dur­ban law firm, Mathe and Zondo In­cor­po­rated, in which he prac­tised for a num­ber of years.

In 1991 and 1992 he served in two com­mit­tees of the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry re­gard­ing the Pre­ven­tion of Pub­lic Vi­o­lence and In­tim­i­da­tion (also known as the Gold­stone Com­mis­sion), which in­ves­ti­gated vi­o­lence in South Africa dur­ing the early 1990s.

In 1994, Jus­tice Zondo was ap­pointed as a mem­ber of the Min­is­te­rial Task Team tasked with pro­duc­ing a draft Labour Re­la­tions Bill for postapartheid South Africa. With cer­tain amend­ments, the Bill was passed into the Labour Re­la­tions Act in 1995.

In 1996 he was ap­pointed as the first Chair­man of the Govern­ing Body of the Com­mis­sion for Con­cil­i­a­tion, Me­di­a­tion and Ar­bi­tra­tion (CCMA), from which he re­signed upon his ap­point­ment as a judge.

In Novem­ber 1997 he was ap­pointed as Judge of the Labour Court; in April/May 1999 ap­pointed as a judge of the then Transvaal Pro­vin­cial Divi­sion of the High Court (now the Gaut­eng Divi­sion of the High Court).

State cap­ture

In May 2000, Jus­tice Zondo was ap­pointed as Judge President of the Labour and Labour Ap­peal Court for a 10year ten­ure.

Dur­ing this time he served in var­i­ous ad hoc com­mit­tees es­tab­lished by the heads of courts.

These in­cluded a com­mit­tee chaired by the late Jus­tice

Pius Langa which drew up a doc­u­ment to be used by the Ju­di­ciary in deal­ing with com­plaints about racism and sex­ism within the Ju­di­ciary.

Jus­tice Zondo also chaired a com­mit­tee of the heads of court which looked into the use of of­fi­cial lan­guages in courts.

In March 2011 he was honoured by the KwaZu­luNatal Le­gal Fo­rum, which con­sists of many le­gal bod­ies, with an award for his con­tri­bu­tion to hu­man rights in South Africa.

On 1 June 2017, Jus­tice Zondo was ap­pointed Deputy Chief Jus­tice of the Repub­lic of South Africa.

With ef­fect from

1 Septem­ber 2012, he was ap­pointed as Judge of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court.

Jus­tice Zondo has also pub­lished ar­ti­cles and writ­ten chap­ters in three books.

In Jan­uary 2018 he was ap­pointed by for­mer President Ja­cob Zuma as the Chair­per­son of the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into al­le­ga­tions of State Cap­ture, Cor­rup­tion and Fraud in the Pub­lic Sec­tor, in­clud­ing Or­gans of


Deputy Chief Jus­tice of the Repub­lic of South Africa, Ray­mond Mnyamezeli Mlungisi Zondo, is the new Unizulu Chan­cel­lor

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