Ex-spy boss Arthur Fraser opposes Zondo’s bid for Chief Justice

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Former spy boss Arthur Fraser has formally objected to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s nomination to the post of Chief Justice, arguinhg he lacks integrity and objectivity.

In a letter sent to the short-listing panel on Friday, Fraser slams Zondo’s character – all based on how he claims he was treated as a witness at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry, which the DCJ is presiding over.

Zondo is one of eight people who are vying for the most senior post at the Constitutional Court, which was left vacant when former Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng retired earlier in October. Others include Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe and Justice Mandisa Maya.

Arthur Fraser guns for Zondo

Arthur Fraser says he has reason to believe that DCJ Raymond Zondo’s conduct during his testimony was deliberately aimed at protecting those he has exposed as “the real culprits” of state capture.

“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”

Former spy boss Arthur Fraser

Fraser also singled out the commission’s evidence leader Paul Pretorius, saying he deliberately permitted no less than 10 witnesses to present falsehoods about him without affording him even one opportunity to give his version of events. Fraser has featured prominently at the commission, with witnesses testifying to how the State Security Agency, which he headed, was used under President Jacob Zuma’s tenure as a tool to pursue his adversaries.

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