Friday, 9 June 2017
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to congratulate Justice Ray Zondo for his appointment as Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court by President Jacob Zuma on 7 June.
DENOSA can vouch for Justice Zondo. Just after the dissolution of homelands nursing associations following negotiations by progressive nurses at the dawn of democracy in the 1990s, Justice Zondo became the legal adviser of the progressive nurses from all provinces that had dissolved in favour of one nursing organisation representing all nurses of the country on a voluntary basis. He assisted the nurses at the most critical time of their struggle, when it was South African Nursing Association (SANA) that was showing great reluctance to dissolve.
It was his sharp negotiation skills and legal mind that assisted progressive nurses in winning the battle to persuade SANA to finally dissolve. He was a lawyer well-versed on the broader struggle for democracy in South Africa. Soon after that victory, DENOSA was formed in 1996, after years of negotiations.
Coordinator of the dissolution process from progressive nurses at the time, and former General Secretary of DENOSA, Thembeka Gwagwa remembers Justice Zondo’s immense contribution. “Just after we had won the battle for all associations to dissolve, a new fight emerged over the name of the new organisation. Justice Zondo simply asked all of us: ‘What is in a name when all that core struggle which you had fought for had been achieved? The issue of the name must simply be taken to the congress for members to decide on.’ That’s what we did, and that’s how the name Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) came about.”
With his impeccable track record in the legal fraternity, DENOSA is confident that his appointment to the second-highest office in the country’s judicial system will only benefit South Africa greatly.
DENOSA wishes him all the best in his new responsibility.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)
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