The Chamber of Mines welcomes the appointment of Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to head the inquiry into state capture on the basis recommended 15 months ago by then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
In her October 2016 report, Madonsela identified numerous mining-related issues.
Further, poor governance has had a negative impact on investment, growth, jobs and the economy as a whole.
The Chamber of Mines states: “While we lament the inordinate delay in the announcement by President Zuma of this appointment, we optimistically take the development as a signal of the beginnings of critical shifts in the quality of governance of South Africa.”
About Raymond Zondo
- Justice Raymond Mnyamezeli Mlungisi Zondo was born on 4 May 1960
- He attended school at St Mary’s Seminary in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal
- He holds a B Juris degree from the University of Zululand and two LLMs from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Unisa
- In 1999, Zondo was appointed as a judge of the North Gauteng High Court
- From August 1999, he was appointed as Acting Judge President of the Labour Appeal Court and Labour Court
- In 2000, Zondo was appointed Judge President of the Labour Court and the Labour Appeal Court
- Zondo was Judge President of the Labour Appeal Court, a position he occupied for 10 years, before being appointed to the Constitutional Court
- He was appointed as acting judge of the Constitutional Court from November 2011 until May 2012
- He was appointed as a judge of the Constitutional Court in September 2012
- He was appointed to be the deputy Chief justice by President Jacob Zuma in 2017 following the retirement of Dikgang Moseneke in 2016
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The Chamber of Mines of South Africa is a mining industry employers’ organisation that supports and promotes the South African mining industry.
The Chamber of Mines serves its members and promotes their interests by providing strategic support and advisory input.
The Chamber of Mines continuously looks for ways to advance the position of and make improvements in the South African mining industry and participates in various initiatives and projects in areas relating to health, education, policy and regulations.
The Chamber of Mines is a member association of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining industry.
The ICMM brings together 23 mining and metals companies and 33 regional and commodities associations to strengthen environmental and social performance; serve as a catalyst for change; thus enhancing mining’s contribution to society.
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