The Executive Committee
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo
Justice Zondo served part of his articles of clerkship under the late Mrs Victoria Mxenge in the latter's law firm in Durban. After Mrs Mxenge's assassination by apartheid agents, Justice Zondo ceded his articles of clerkship to Mthembu & Partners and later to Chennels Alberton Attorneys. After admission as an attorney he became a partner in a Durban law firm, Mathe and Zondo Incorporated, in which he practised for a number of years before he was appointed as a Judge. He also served on a part-time basis as a mediator and arbitrator. In 1991 and 1992 Justice Zondo served in two committees of the Commission of Inquiry Regarding the Prevention of Public Violence and Intimidation (also known as the Goldstone Commission) which investigated violence in South Africa during the early 1990s.
In 1994 Justice Zondo was appointed as a member of the Ministerial Task Team which was given the task of producing a draft Labour Relations Bill for the post-apartheid South Africa. With certain amendments, that Bill was later passed as the Labour Relations Act, 1995. In 1996 he was appointed as the first chairperson of the Governing Body of the Commission for the Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) from which position he resigned upon appointment as a Judge With effect from 1 February 1997 Justice Zondo was appointed as an Acting Judge of the Labour Court.With effect from 1 November 1997 he was appointed as a Judge of the Labour Court. In April/May 1999 he was appointed as a Judge of the then Transvaal Provincial Division of the High Court (now the North Gauteng Division of the High Court) in Pretoria.
With effect from 1 August 1999 he was appointed as Acting Judge President of the Labour Appeal Court and Labour Court. With effect from 1 May 2000 he was appointed as Judge President of the Labour Appeal Court and Labour Court for a term of office of ten years. While he was Judge President, Justice Zondo served in various ad hoc committees established by the Heads of Courts. These included a committee, chaired by Chief Justice P.N Langa, which drew up a document to be used by the Judiciary in dealing with complaints about racism and sexism within the Judiciary.
He also served in committees chaired by Judge President Ngoepe which was established by the Heads of Courts to organize the first and second Conferences of Judges in post-apartheid South Africa. Justice Zondo also chaired a committee of the Heads of Courts which looked into the use of official languages in courts. After completing his term of office as Judge President in 2010, Justice Zondo returned to the North Gauteng Division of the High Court and resumed his duties as a Judge of that court. With effect from 1 November 2011 Justice Zondo was appointed as an Acting Judge of the Constitutional Court until 31 May 2012. On the 13th August 2012 he was appointed as a Judge of the Constitutional Court with effect from the 1st September 2012. On 01 June 2017 Justice Zondo was appointed as Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa.
Terence Mncedisi Nombembe is the current Chief Executive Officer of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), a position he occupied since January 2014.In this role he also represents Africa and the Middle East as a Board member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). He also serves as a Board member of the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA).
His other current and most recent national responsibilities include being:
• The Panelist of High Level Panel (HLP) that was established by the Speakers Forum to table a report on the impact of legislation in South Africa;
• The Chairman of the Gauteng Ethics and Anti-Corruption Advisory Council;
• The Board member of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), representing Government.
Terence Nombembe served as the Auditor-General (AG) of the Republic of South Africa for a period of seven years (1st December 2006 to 30th November 2013). Prior to the AG role he was the Deputy Auditor-General from 1st June 2000 to 30th November 2006. Altogether he this served in the Auditor-General's office in a leadership role for a total period of thirteen and a half years, (1st June 2000 to 30th November 2013). In this role he also served in the Board of AFROSAI (The African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions) as the Vice President and subsequently its President and Chairman. Thereafter he served on the Board of INTOSAI (The International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions) as its President and Chairman.
Terence Nombembe studied at the University of Transkei where he completed the Bachelor of Commerce degree, and at the University of South Africa where he completed the Honours in Bachelor of Accounting Science (B.Compt-Honours). He served his articles with Alex Aiken & Carter (now KPMG) in Umtata, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990. He was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Accounting Science by the Walter Sisulu University on the 14th May 2014.
Paul Pretorius was admitted as an advocate in 1977. He took silk in 1994.
Paul practised as an advocate at the Legal Resources Centre for a period of 5 years under former Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson.
He has acted as a judge in the High Court and Labour Court on several occasions. Paul specializes in Labour Law and Public Law.
He is a mediator and arbitrator in all aspects of law. He is the chair of The Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa Mediation Division.
He is a member of the Law Reform Commission on alternative dispute resolution and mediation.