New Constitutional Court judge

In mid-August President Jacob Zuma announced the appointment of Judge Raymond Zondo (52) to the Constitutional Court, where he will fill the vacancy created after former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo retired last year. Judge Zondo was selected from a shortlist of candidates compiled by the Judicial Service Commission, which also included Supreme Court of Appeal judges Lebotsang 'Ronnie' Bosielo, Mandisa Maya and Robert Nugent. Judge Zondo initially served his articles at Mxenge and Company in Durban; however, after the assassination of anti-apartheid activist and attorney Victoria Mxenge, he ceded his articles to Mthembu and Co and later to Chennells Albertyn and Partners, also in Durban. He later became partner at Durban law firm Mathe and Zondo Inc. In 1994 he was appointed as a member of a ministerial task team to draft the Labour Relations Act

Outgoing National Consumer Commissioner's introspection

Prior to her contract ending in early September, former National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala- Mulaudzi held a media briefing in Pretoria to discuss the performance of the National Consumer Commission (NCC) in its first 15 months in operation, as well as on the Labour Court dispute between herself and the Minister of Trade and Industry and the NCC's court case with local auction company Auction Alliance. The NCC came into operation in April last year, after the enactment of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (CPA). Ms Mohlala-Mulaudzi said that since then the commission had reached 22 million people and had handled over 73 000 calls. Ms Mohlala- Justice Raymond Zondo assumed his term of office at the Constitutional Court on 1 September. 66 of 1995 and in 1996 he was appointed the first chairperson of the governing body of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. Justice Zondo was appointed as a judge of the Labour Court in 1997. Former National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala- Mulaudzi at a recent media briefing in Pretoria. DE REBUS - OCTOBER 2012 - 8 - In May 1999 he sat as a judge of the then Transvaal Provincial Division of the High Court for a short period before being appointed acting Judge President of the Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court from August 1999. He became Judge President of these courts in May 2000 for a period of ten years. After his term of office as Judge President ended, Justice Zondo sat on the North Gauteng High Court Bench. He then sat as an acting judge at the Constitutional Court until May 2012, after which he returned to the North Gauteng High Court. His term of office at the Constitutional Court commenced on 1 September 2012. Justice Zondo holds five degrees, including three master's degrees in labour, patent and commercial law respectively. Nomfundo Manyathi, Mulaudzi said that, as of 15 August, the commission had received over 18 000 complaints, of which 11 973 had been dealt with. On some of the challenges the commission faced, Ms Mohlala-Mulaudzi said that businesses were using loopholes in the CPA to weaken the NCC. 'We have been speaking to policymakers to amend the loopholes, but this has not happened as yet,' she said. 'Business has failed to meet us halfway in certain respects. We do not believe they are as prepared as they should be to check that their business operations are in order and meet the requirements of the CPA,' she added.

Major investigations

Ms Mohlala-Mulaudzi highlighted five major investigations by the NCC, which relate to the banking industry,

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