Pansy Tlakula holds a B. Proc degree from the University of the North( now University of Limpopo), an LL.B degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LL.M degree from Harvard University. In 2006 she was awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Legal Studies by the Vaal University of Technology.
Pansy Tlakula has held high profile positions in the academia, public and private sector. These include Senior Law Lecturer at the then University of Bophuthatswana (now North West University), National Director of the Black Lawyers Association, one of the founding Commissioners of the South Africa Human Rights Commission, Chairperson of the Board of the National Credit Regulator, Chairperson of Council of the then University of the North West ( now North West University) and the Chancellor of the Vaal University of Technology. She was also Independent Non Executive Director of the Bidvest Group Limited and the Chief Electoral Officer and later Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC). Tlakula is the former Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (AU Organ) and it’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information. She is currently a Member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Lebogang Stroom-Nzama completed her LLB degree at the University of Pretoria. She began her career as a Candidate Attorney at Hack, Stupel and Ross Attorneys where she completed her articles of clerkship. She was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court. She further obtained her LLM Degree with specialisation in Commercial law at University of South Africa, and a Certificate in Compliance Management with the University of Johannesburg.Her previous work experience include areas of legal, compliance and risk at various financial services institutions such as Santam Insurance, First National Bank, SASRIA, and Liberty Life. In 2012 she was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a member of the Johannesburg Bar. She is currently the full–time member of the newly formed Information Regulator.
Johannes Collen Weapond is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. His areas of specialization include information technology, risk management, forensic investigation, compliance management, business management as well as law with a specialization in the law of contracts. Amongst other Johannes hold the following qualifications, a B. Iuris, LLB (UNISA), B.Com (Honours IT) (UCT), B. Tech in Policing (TUT), Diploma in Education III (RCE), Diploma in Compliance Management (UJ), Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Forensics (Coursework) (UCT), Certificate in Fraud Examination (Cum Laude) (UP), Certificate in Policing (TUT), Masters in Business Systems (Coursework Completed).
Johannes is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee of the Office of the Premier in the Eastern Cape and Chairperson of the Risk Management Committee of the Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services. He also serves as a member of the Audit Committee of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, the Limpopo Provincial Audit Committee, Freestate Provincial Audit Committee, Wholesale and Retail SETA, Freestate Department of Education. He is also a member of Council of the University of Mpumalanga (UMP) and the Chairperson of the Strategy Subcommittee. He was appointed as the Independent Expert for Legal and ICT at the Quality Council for Trade and Occupation (QCTO).
Furthermore, Johannes served as a Non-Executive Director (Member of the Board) of the National Lotteries Commission and as the Chairperson of Risk Management Committee, Legal, Request for Proposal Subcommittee and Ad hoc Legal Subcommittees of the Board. He also served as a member of the Cybersecurity Advisory Council of South Africa, member of Council of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) and a member of the Appeals Committee of Council. Lastly, Johannes also served as a Non-Executive Director and Coordinator of the Audit Function at Brakpan Bus Company (BBC), member of the Audit Committee of the National Department of Human Settlements, member of Council of the Forestry Advisory Council, member of Council of the Heraldry Council.
Mfana Gwala holds a Baccalaureus Procurationis (B.Proc.) degree from the University of South Africa. An admitted attorney with the right of appearance in the High Court of South Africa. He has practiced as an attorney since 2010, firstly, for his account and currently as a Partner in Dentons South Africa. Dentons is a polycentric, and largest global law firm with more than 10 000 lawyers, with a presence in 167 locations in 73 countries across the globe. A firm of attorneys focusing on litigation, advisory, alternative dispute resolution, and drafting, corporate and commercial, capital markets. Gwala is a Partner in Dentons based in the Sandton office of the firm. He has a strong background in litigation and conflict management particularly in the field of public sector law, employment and labour and law.
He has advised clients such as various organs of states and private companies and litigated on behalf of various organs of state such as government departments, state owned enterprises, municipalities, and others. He has also litigated at the CCMA, Bargaining Council, Labour Court, various divisions of the High Court, including the Supreme Court of Appeal, and the Constitutional Court.
Gwala is a member of the Executive Committee and Council of the Law Society of South Africa. He is a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for the appointment of Sheriffs (current), a committee advising the minister of justice. The National Executive Committee of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers. Gwala is a Commissioner for the Small Claims Court since 2016 to date.
Alison Tilley is an attorney, specialising in transparency and accountability issues. She has litigated on transparency and whistleblowing issues in a number of High Court matters, the Labour Court, the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Appeal. She was formerly the director of the Open Democracy Advice Centre.
She is the coordinator of the Judges Matter campaign, which is a project of the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit at the University of Cape Town. They have an extensive campaign on judicial appointments and conduct processes.
Her publications include “The Right to Know, The Right to Live”, edited by Richard Calland and herself, and she contributes to the Daily Maverick. She works on issues surrounding gender based violence, and particularly the roll out of sexual offences courts with the Rape Survivor Justice Campaign.
Updated: 22 December 2021