Former President Jacob Zuma claims he and deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo have a “close personal relationship” that has spanned three decades and says he continues to regard Zondo as a “person of integrity”.

“I can say that I had no reservations about appointing him [Zondo] as the deputy chief justice of the Republic of SA when he was recommended by the Judicial Services Commission,” Zuma stated in a 100-page application for Zondo’s recusal as chair of the state capture commission...

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