Former President Jacob Zuma has filed a supplementary affidavit with the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) in his bid to have the April 2022 appointment of Raymond Zondo as the country’s Chief Justice set aside, saying he was the ‘worst performer’ during the JSC interviews.

Zuma first challenged the appointment of Zondo as CJ in May and demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa reverse his decision to appoint him.

However, Ramaphosa filed a notice to oppose the application on 26 September.

The Citizen reports that the JSC also filed a notice that it would abide by any ruling the court would hand down on the matter.

In the supplementary affidavit, Zuma argued that Ramaphosa and the JSC produced ‘an incomplete record’ of the documents leading up to the appointment of Zondo.

Jacob Zuma Foundation spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi said Zuma delivered his supplementary affidavit on Wednesday.

‘Some startling revelations have emerged from the record which put into serious doubt the rationality of President Ramaphosa’s decision to appoint Judge Zondo ahead of Judge Mandisa Maya in particular. She was the candidate highly recommended by the JSC and leaders of political parties representing the vast majority of public representatives.'

‘It has also emerged that Judge Zondo received only three votes, compared to 19 votes for Judge Maya, making him the worst performer. He was also the only candidate to receive a serious adverse character comment from the JSC, which remarked that “efficiency and discipline did not appear to be his strengths”,’ Manyi said in a statement.

Manyi added that Ramaphosa also violated the Constitution 'which specifically prohibits gender discrimination and compels him, in making a judicial appointment, to consider the “need for the judiciary to reflect broadly the racial and gender composition of SA”.’

Manyi said Zuma’s legal challenge will give Ramaphosa the opportunity to justify his conduct, failing which it must be declared unconstitutional and set aside, reports The Citizen.

‘The impugned conduct includes his unauthorised appointment of a shortlisting panel which disqualified certain nominated candidates. Justice Zondo is also called upon to pay back the money unjustifiably earned by him at the expense of the taxpayers. The court will also be asked to refer his ongoing aggravating conduct of crossing the line by dabbling in political commentary which is legally forbidden for members of the Judiciary, to the JSC for investigation and disciplinary action.’

As previously reported, Zondo has been criticised for commenting on Zuma’s arms deal corruption trial.

Full report in The Citizen