Ex-SSA head Fraser objects to Zondo's nomination as ConCourt Chief Justice

In a letter to the panel assisting President Cyril Ramaphosa with the shortlist process, Arthur Fraser raised what he said was Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s bias and lack of independence while he was chairing the state capture commission inquiry.

FILE: Former State Security Agency head Arthur Fraser in Parliament ahead of Scopa meeting on 7 December 2017. Picture: Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Former State Security Agency head, Arthur Fraser, has objected to the nomination of Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo as the next Constitutional Court Chief Justice.

In a letter to the panel assisting President Cyril Ramaphosa with the shortlist process, Fraser raised what he said was Zondo’s bias and lack of independence while he was chairing the state capture commission inquiry, claiming that Zondo failed manage the state capture commission of inquiry

Fraser, who was also the former Correctional Services commissioner, said that Zondo intentionally barred him from appearing at the state capture commission.

Fraser was implicated in allegations of unlawful conduct at the State Security Agency by several witnesses at the commission. He was also accused of corruption and abuse of billions of rands worth of state funds by former acting SSA Director-general Loyiso Jafta during his testimony at the commission.

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He said that despite requesting to cross-examine about 10 witnesses who implicated him in wrongdoing, his side of the story was suppressed.

In the letter, he argued that he should have been granted an opportunity to state his case at the inquiry but this did not happen.

He said that despite going to the commission to request for an appearance from Zondo, his efforts were frustrated.

In the letter submitted to the panel by his lawyers, Fraser wrote that the decision not to allow him to appear at the commission was to protect individuals that he said he would have exposed as the real culprits in capturing and attempting to capture the state.

To this effect, he said that Zondo was unfit to be a judge, let alone a Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court. He added that should Zondo be appointed to the position of Chief Justice, this would have a corrosive effect on the judiciary.

The panel is receiving objections from the public on the eight nominated names vying for the top post.

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