Acting chief justice Raymond Zondo, thrust into the spotlight as chair of the state capture corruption inquiry, is on a three-person list of front-runners to fill a leadership vacuum at the Constitutional Court that has left legal practitioners and lawyers nervous about judicial independence in SA.

A source close to President Cyril Ramaphosa told Business Day that Zondo; Mandisa Maya, an academic heavyweight who became the first female president of the Supreme Court of Appeal; and Dunstan Mlambo, who heads the Gauteng division of the high court, are the names being linked to the top job...

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