keynote speaker, Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa Raymond Zondo took the podium to talk about the influential people in his life, and the struggles he faced growing up in Ixobho in the Nothern KwaZulu Natal.
Zondo admits that he doesn’t like talking about himself, but feels he needs to.
I don’t like talking about myself” he said.
I grew up in KwaZulu Natal with my mother and nine siblings and that his mother raised him single-handedly because his father was working in the mines.
After my father passed away, my uncle took my mother as his wife, and took us as his children in what we call Ukugenwa but it didn’t help my mother.
In our Zulu culture, if a woman loses her husband, the brother can become the father of the children and the husband of the wife. “Ukungenwa” but my uncle did not take care of us he said Zondo
It’s fair to say that my mother raised all nine of us single-handedly he adds.
My mother is a resilient and special women. She contributed to the man that I am today. concluded Mr Judge Zondo