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Harvard trained lawyer is new SA Human Rights Commission chairperson

Tmg Digital | 2016-12-02 12:02:12.0
Professor Bongani Majola
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Advocate and Professor Bongani Majola has been appointed chairperson of the South African Rights Commission by President Jacob Zuma.

Majola had applied for and made a shortlist of five for the job of Public Protector‚ but lost out to

He is an Advocate of the High Court and former member of the Johannesburg Bar Council. He obtained a Masters of Law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988 and has previous experience as the National Director for the Legal Resources Centre. He also previously served as assistant secretary general of the United Nations (UN)‚ as well as registrar for UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR).

His new appointment was announced by the Presidency on Friday‚ alongside other new full-time commissioners of the SAHRC.

Their term is for a period of seven years with effect from 3 January 2017.

In addition to Majola‚ the newly appointed commissioners are:

- Ms Devikarani Priscilla Sewpal Jana‚ Deputy Chairperson of the South African Rights Commission

- Adv. Andrew Hurtley Gaum;

- Ms Matlhodi Angelina Makwetla; and

- Adv. Joseph Bokankatla Malatji.

The President also appointed Andrew Nissen and Jonas Sibanyoni as part-time commissioners.

"President Zuma wishes the new Commissioners all the best in their new important responsibility of entrenching constitutional democracy through advocating and protecting the basic human rights of all South Africans. The President also wishes the outgoing commissioners all the best in their future endeavours‚" his office said in a statement.

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