Emotional Deputy Chief Justice recalls asking for money to feed his family

An emotional Justice Raymond Zondo, during his interview for the post of the Deputy Chief Justice in front of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC), recounted how he asked for a loan before embarking on his law studies to feed his unemployed mother and siblings. Zondo replaced Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who retired.

Zondo told the commission how he was confident of getting a Matric Exemption and was determined to study law with the help of a bursary. However, his mother had lost her job and the family were struggling financially.

I felt I couldn't go unless I made arrangements for my brothers and sisters to have something to eat. I went to I to town, to Ixopo, and approached an Indian businessman running a wholesale shop. I told him my story and asked for a loan to support my family.

Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo

He didn't ask many questions... said he can't give me money but a voucher. Once a month my mother was to go to him and take groceries to the value of R20 or R40 until I finished by degree.

Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo

Zondo returned after his studies three years later to pay Mr Moosa back. This is what he told Zondo.

No, don't worry. Just do to others what I've done to you.

Mr Moosa

Listen here to Zondo try and hold back tears as he tells this moving story:


This article first appeared on 702 : Emotional Deputy Chief Justice recalls asking for money to feed his family


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