Dec 1, 2021

Former Spy Boss Objects To Judge Raymond Zondo’s Nomination

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In a letter to the short-listing panel on Friday, Mr Fraser accused Mr Zondo of lacking objectivity and integrity.

FILE PHOTO: The former head of the country’s correctional services and former chief of spies, Arthur Fraser, has officially raised his objection to the nomination of deputy chief justice, Raymond Zondo, as one of the people who should be considered for the vacant position of Chief Justice. PICTURE: Parliament/Twitter

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JOHANNESBURG: Former spy boss has lodged an objection to the nomination of Raymond Zondo as the next chief justice.

He accused Mr Zondo of lacking objectivity and integrity. The state capture inquiry, headed by Mr Zondo, had heard evidence of allegations of impropriety and wrongdoing against Mr Arthur Fraser when he was the head of the State Security Agency.

Former spy boss, Mr Arthur Fraser has objected to the nomination of Mr Raymond Zondo as the next chief justice, saying he is not “fit and proper” to hold the position.

In a letter to the short-listing panel on Friday, Mr Fraser accused Mr Zondo of lacking objectivity and integrity.

“Despite my repeated requests to be given an opportunity to appear before him in order to state my version and to defend myself against a well-orchestrated narrative and propaganda against me, Deputy Chief Justice Zondo made sure that I neither presented my version nor got an opportunity to cross-examine those he called to testify against me.

“No independent-minded judge would act in this manner,” he said.

Fraser’s lawyer, Mr Eric Mabuza, confirmed the letter was sent but refused to comment further on the matter.

The state capture inquiry, headed by Mr Zondo, had heard evidence of allegations of impropriety and wrongdoing against Mr Fraser when he was the head of the State Security Agency (SSA).

Evidence at the inquiry by former minister Dr Sydney Mufamadi, who headed a high-level panel review on the SSA, former acting director-general Mr Loyiso Jafta and at least two other SSA operatives implicated Mr Fraser in alleged wrongdoing, it was reported. 

The allegations against Mr Fraser included the misappropriation of hundreds of millions of rand of state money, nepotism and corruption.

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