President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of former deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo as chief justice and head of the judiciary has been hailed widely. He is a solid figure, embedded deeply in our public consciousness after his extended leadership of the commission of inquiry into state capture that came to bear his name.

People think they know him and they like what they see. Astonishingly, the camera loves him. He is thoughtful, his manners are impeccable, he has a wry sense of humour and a seriously impressive memory. He will, we assume, make a fine chief justice. Well done Mr President, a good appointment at last...

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