Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu
Tefo Raditapole is the Chairperson of the board of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. He holds an LLB and is a practicing lawyer and Director of Cheadle Thompson & Haysom. He sits on the board of the Ombudsman for Banking Services. He is also Chairperson of the board of the Credit Ombudsman and Commissioner for the 1st Commission of Employment Equity. In the past he has acted on behalf of the ANC and COSATU.
Dr. Simangele Mayisela is a registered Educational Psychologist, qualified from University of the Witwatersrand. She previously worked for the Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre and for CSVR as a trauma practitioner. Currently she is in private practice and is the Director of Elegnams Human Development Services, a life skills development institution.
Nontsikelelo Sisulu-Singapi is a clinical psychologist and researcher. She is currently overseeing the development of the strategic approach and alignment of government programmes for gender equity. She consults on issues pertaining to women's empowerment, raising awareness on the plight of women, particularly the elderly, as well as poverty eradication and improving economic development towards the economic emancipation of women. She has facilitated a number of interactions with the South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID) and has worked extensively in South Africa and the United States.
Nokukhanya (Nox) Ntuli
Nokukhanya (Nox) Ntuli is a South African lawyer, mediator and process facilitator. Prior to joining the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) (part of the World Bank Group), she worked as a Constitutionalism and Rule of Law Expert in the Department of Political Affairs at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa. She has extensive legal experience in corporate, intellection property, labour and public policy law. She also has mediation experience and has mediated commercial, employment, land, community, small claims and electoral disputes. Nox has lived and worked the United States, Britain, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Liberia, Ethiopia and South Africa in the private, public, non-profit and multi-national environment, practicing law and mediation. She has also conducted short-term projects in Malawi, Botswana, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.
She holds a Post Graduate Fellowship on Peace and Security from Kings College London and the African Leadership Centre, an LLM in Corporate Law from Nottingham Trent University, an LLB Honours from the University of Wolverhampton and a Certificate in Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. She is an ADR Group (UK) Accredited Mediator, has served on the boards of several non-governmental organisations, and is currently a Board Member at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and Friends of Bulungula in South Africa. She also volunteers as a mediator for the District Court of Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution Office.
Prudence Malefu Madlokazi
Prudence Malefu Madlokazi is the Founder and Director of Mwanga Fiduciary Services (Pty) Ltd. Malefu has 16 years of experience in financial services, specialising in fiduciary services and employee benefits. She has in-depth knowledge in estate planning, specialising in trusts. Malefu started off as a Trust Accountant at PriceWaterhouse Coopers Inc. and then moved to Alexander Forbes as a Trust Consultant. She then moved to Standard Trust, specialising in trust management with a R1.4 billion portfolio of assets. Malefu's involvement with the industry follows years of study, picking up a variety of qualifications and worthwhile corporate experience. Malefu is a Certified Financial Planner with the FPI and a member of the Fiduciary Institute of South Africa (FISA). She started her own business of Fiduciary Services with the intention to change the game of how settlement trusts are managed and utilised for the rehabilitation of beneficiaries. Her passion is sharing her expertise of estate planning with people from all walks of life, especially the importance of having a will.
Dr. Solomon Ayele Dersso
Dr. Solomon Ayele Dersso is a Commissioner of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, the African Union's premier human rights body, and Chair of the Working Group on Extractive Industries in Africa. Dr. Dersso is also an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Transitional Justice. In the area of transitional justice, he serves as focal point of the African Commission on Transitional Justice and Human Rights in Africa and led the drafting of the final draft of the African Union Transitional Justice Policy. He is a non-faculty Assistant Professor of human rights at the School of Law and Governance Studies, Addis Ababa University. Dr. Dersso heads Amani Africa Media and Research Services, a policy research and consulting think tank in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Dersso received an LLB from the School of Law, Addis Ababa University; an LLM from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria; and a PhD from the School of Law, University of Witwatersrand.
Prof. Khabele Matlosa
Prof. Khabele Matlosa is the author of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, which was adopted by the African Union (AU) on 30 January 2007 and came into force in 2012 following its ratification by 15 Member States of the AU. Working with two other African experts, he researched and co-authored the AU Panel of the Wise Report on "Election-Related Disputes and Political Violence: Strengthening the Role of the African Union in Preventing, Managing and Resolving Conflict." This report was adopted by the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the AU in Kampala, Uganda, in 2009. He provided technical leadership during the development of the AU Transitional Justice Policy, which was adopted by the AU on 31 January 2019. He holds a PhD in political economy from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and a post-graduate diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. He is the former Governance Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme, Regional Service Centre for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and a former Director, Department of Political Affairs, AU Commission, Addis Ababa. He is the Visiting Professor at the Centre for African Diplomacy and Leadership, University of Johannesburg.
Annah Moyo-Kupeta is the Executive Director at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). Ms. Moyo-Kupeta is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience working in the legal, transitional justice, human rights, peace and security, gender, and violence prevention fields. She has developed a number of soft law instruments for various target audiences from policymakers, peer CSO groups, and victim groups. Her expertise in peace and security, transitional justice, and post-conflict transformation has found expression through her presentations and briefings on high-level platforms involving governments, embassies, academia, policymakers, and CSOs at national, regional, continental, and global levels.
Nomancotsho Pakade is a researcher published in theoretical and experimental work on gender, sexuality, education and governance. She has extensive work experience in community mobilisation and advocacy with local and regional NGOs. Nomancotsho holds an MA in Research Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Gerard Adema has extensive work experience in the international aid sector, public finance in the UK, and commercial financial management in Europe. Gerard holds an MSc in Development Management from the Open University in England along with being a Certified Management Accountant.
Allan Ngari is the Programme Head for Advocacy at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. He is an Associate Fellow with the Rule of Law Programme at the International Centre for Counter Terrorism (ICCT). Previously he was Regional Organised Crime Observatory Coordinator for West Africa, in the Enhancing Africa's Responses to Organised Crime (ENACT), at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). He was a Senior Researcher and Project Manager in the Complex Threats in Africa Programme at the ISS where he led the work on International Criminal Justice at the ISS and worked in the field of transitional justice, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism. He holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons.) from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and a Masters in International Criminal Law (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University (South Africa). He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with experience in civil litigation, conveyancing, commercial law and international criminal law and procedure. With strong programme and project management skills, he has extensive experience in international justice, particularly with accountability processes; and participatory and reparative rights of victims. He previously worked as a Project Leader for Kenya & International Justice Desk at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town, South Africa; and Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.
Amina Mwaikambo is a Psychosocial Trauma Professional at the CSVR Trauma Clinic. She holds a Master's degree in Community-based Counselling Psychology and is pursuing a PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her areas of focus include working with survivors of violence-related trauma, continuous- and post-traumatic stress, and mood- and personality-related impairments. She has a particular interest in research around the intersections of inequality, identity and violence, and is an enthusiast for raising awareness of mental health services and promoting psychosocial wellbeing.
Aneesa Hassan is a Senior Administrator within the Operations Department. She provides administrative and logistical support to the projects and programmes in the organisation.
Athini Magodla, Gender Fellow and a Gender Studies Master's candidate at the University of Cape. With particular research interests in Black masculinity, violence, deconstruction and decoloniality – recently I have also taken a keen interest in Gender mainstreaming and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).
Boikanyo Moloto is an Industrial Sociologist/Researcher who holds an MA Industrial Sociology (Cum Laude) degree from the University of Johannesburg. Her academic interests range from gender studies, urban sociology and violence and conflict to strengthening legislatures and capacity building through evidence use, labour law and the lived experiences of workers in the South African context, as well as the world at large. Furthermore, she has a keen interest in protests, strikes, collective action and labour movements. Boikanyo was previously affiliated to the Centre for Social Change, based at the University of Johannesburg, and the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results–Anglophone Africa (CLEAR–AA), based at the University of Witwatersrand. Her goal is to use academia as a catalyst to contribute towards effective, context specific, social change. "I am here to disrupt the status quo!"
Charlotte Motsoari is a qualified and registered social worker with an Honours degree (BSW) in Social Work from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She is currently working as a Mental Health and Psychosocial Practitioner within the clinical programme at CSVR. She provides psychosocial support and therapeutic services to victims of war trauma and torture, SGBV and other gross human rights violations. Part of her work involves advocating for clients' access to social and legal services with the aim of promoting holistic wellbeing. Her professional interests are focused on providing trauma-informed MHPSS to individuals, groups and communities, as well as the integration of contextually relevant MHPSS interventions within processes of rehabilitation from human rights violations. She also has an interest in child and youth trauma-informed interventions that seek to address issues of transgenerational transmission of trauma. In her work at CSVR, she has had the opportunity to provide training, debriefing and supervision support to students and partner organisations on trauma-informed interventions and self-care.
Gaudence Uwizeye is a Mental Health and Psychosocial Practitioner at CSVR, with 20 years' experience. She has been working with refugees and migrants in the mental health sector, providing rehabilitation and redress to those impacted by human rights violations through war, conflict and torture at the individual, family, group and community levels in South Africa and around Africa. She has provided capacity building, debriefing, group interventions, supervision and mentorship to mental health psychosocial support workers and human rights activists. She has also enhanced coalitions among citizens and non-nationals, and facilitated integration among communities. She advocates for the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of marginalised communities.
Gugu Nonjinge is an external communications and advocacy professional with extensive experience in the social policy sector. Her areas of interest are gender justice and climate justice. As an NDP2030 ambassador, her personal work through her foundation is focused on the holistic development of the African girl child and active inclusion of the youth demographic at all levels of governance. She also works to shine a gendered lens on climate change mitigation policies on the African continent. Gugu has been recognised by the British High Commission in South Africa as a woman leading on climate change activism ahead of COP26. She has also received awards such as the Social Cohesion and Civil Society Main Award by the National Youth Development Agency, and recognition as a MaSisulu Woman of Fortitude by the Department of Energy for her work on gender justice.
Gugu Shabalala is a trained social worker and mental health and psychosocial professional with 13 years' experience working in the mental health sector. She has a particular focus on rehabilitation and redress for those affected by human rights violations through war, conflict and torture and their impact on the overall mental wellbeing of individuals, families, groups and communities.
Gugulethu Resha holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelors and Honours from Stellenbosch University in Humanities and Philosophy, respectively.
She is as a multidisciplinary researcher whose work can be broadly described as concerned with political and economic inequalities – and how they can be mitigated with cross-cutting, multidisciplinary interventions. She has experience in research, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation as well as data analysis. She has written on a variety of development topics including youth political inclusion and employment, digital governance, tax justice, and social policy issues such as access to childcare and early learning, social protection and violence prevention.
Gugu has over 5 years' experience working with think tanks and non-profit advocacy organisations. Her research interests lie in social policy for poverty reduction, democratic inclusivity and, unpacking and addressing social, political and economic exclusion.
Hugo van der Merwe
Dr. Hugo van der Merwe is the Senior Research Specialist at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. Since joining CSVR in 1997, he has developed and managed numerous research projects evaluating the work and impact of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and managed various research, advocacy and intervention projects relating to transitional justice in South Africa and on the African continent. Hugo is the Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice. He has co-edited a number of books including "Advocating Transitional Justice in Africa: The Role of Civil Society" (Springer, 2018), "Assessing the Impact of Transitional Justice" (USIP Press, 2009), "Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Did the TRC Deliver?" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) and "Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice" (Manchester University Press, 1993). Hugo has a doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University (1999).
Hugo specialises in research design and management, and his content expertise extends to transitional justice, conflict resolution, DDR, restorative justice, prosecutions and accountability, social cohesion, rule of law, violence prevention and reconciliation. He has taught courses on Post-Conflict Justice and Justice and Transformation in Practice in the University of Cape Town's MA programme in Justice and Transformation. He is presently a Research Associate with the University of the Western Cape.
Jacqui Leigh Chowles
Jacqui Leigh Chowles did a Master of Arts in Community-based Counselling Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand and is a qualified and registered counselling psychologist. She is working as a Mental Health and Psychosocial Practitioner within the clinical programme at CSVR, where she has spent the last six years working with trauma and violence, particularly in relation to gross human rights violations. She is currently seconded to The Gambia, where she is providing MHPSS technical support within the transitional justice processes of the country. Her professional interests are centred on working from a trauma-informed MHPSS approach with individuals, groups and communities in the process of reconciliation and healing from these violations as they relate to countries and states that are in transition. Incorporated within this is the importance of utilising contextual and culturally relevant practices in facilitating these processes for those affected by the violence.
Dr. Jasmina Brankovic is the Senior Research Specialist at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Transitional Justice. With a focus on participatory methods, she conducts research on inequality and socioeconomic transformation, climate justice, gender in conflict, and civil society strategies for social change in transitional contexts. Jasmina is co-author of Violence, Inequality and Transformation: Apartheid Survivors on South Africa's Ongoing Transition (2020) and The Global Climate Regime and Transitional Justice (2018) and co-editor of Advocating Transitional Justice in Africa: The Role of Civil Society (2018). She has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Marburg.
Jemma is a researcher working on CSVR's comparative study of The Role of Truth Commission's in Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) in Africa and Latin America. Her research interests are in the field of conflict transformation and transitional justice, with particular focus on gender justice in post-conflict societies. Jemma holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and an Honours specialising in Justice and Transformation from the University of Cape Town.
Katlego Mangesi recently obtained her N6 Certificate in HRM from the Central Johannesburg College (TVET). Her modules focused on Personnel Management, Labour Relations, Personnel Training and Computer practice.
Lesego Sekhu is a Justice and Transformation Honours Graduate from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her research interests include transitional justice with the particular focus in Africa, conflict and violence, conflict-resolution, transnational feminism(s), and gender studies.
Lesego is a research fellow in the CSVR Research Programme, wherein she primarily works within the transitional justice division of the programme.
Liezelle Kumalo is the Gender Specialist at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. I am currently working on understanding the drivers and root causes of Gender Based Violence within Communities in South Africa to prevent future occurrences of violence. I previously conducted research on women, peace and security agenda in 14 African countries at different levels of the peace continuum. Through this work, I provided analysis that is context-specific and shared evidence from the ground of what works to build and sustain peace. Central to my work is showcasing women's perspectives to policymakers and support work to identify, empower and build resiliencies of women Liezelle has a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand. She holds a bachelor's degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Johannesburg.
Prof. Malose Langa is an Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in the School of Community and Human Development, Department of Psychology, at the University of Witwatersrand and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Recompilation. His research interests include risk-taking behaviours among the youth and their role in politics, the Community Work Programme, substance abuse and addiction, the trauma of collective violence and the psychology of men (masculinity) in post-apartheid South Africa. He has published book chapters and journal articles on violence and other topics on masculinities. He is the author of "Becoming Men: Black Masculinities in a South African Township" (2020).
Mandisa Tindleni is the Office Assistant at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.
Modiegi Merafe is a Senior Community Practitioner at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. He has worked mainly with South African ex-combatants, victims of violence and youth at risk. He has collaborated with communities on preventing violence and addressing its consequences, focusing on gender-based violence, state-sponsored violence, youth violence, collective violence and peacebuilding.
Mpfareleni Mabidi holds a BSC in Psychological Counselling from the University of South Africa. She has five years' experience in working with communities and doing psychosocial work through psychosocial wellness trainings, capacity building, facilitating trainings and dialogues, offering emotional support and basic counselling to clients. Mpfareleni provides wellness trainings to victims of torture, trauma, war, SGBV and collective violence (xenophobic attacks). She also provides supervision to community psychosocial supporters (volunteers) who work in the community and mobilise community members and form partnerships with other stakeholders within communities. She is currently in capturing, monitoring and analysing data in the M&E team within CSVR. Her interests lie in working with different communities (migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and South African communities) who have experienced extreme violence at different levels: individual, group, community and family.
Nonsikelelo Ncube is Senior Advocacy Officer at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Law degree from the University of South Africa and is currently pursuing her postgraduate studies. Her passion lies in gender and human rights work. She is part of the Pillar 5 (Economic Power) working group of the National Strategic Plan on gender-based violence. This pillar seeks to "address the economic vulnerabilities that women face making them more vulnerable to GBV both by partners and the system and to address deeper structural drivers that gives rise to women's social and economic position and required targeted accelerated efforts to transform."
Nyaradzo Machingambi-Pariola is an Advocacy Specialist at CSVR. She is a human rights lawyer and a peace and security scholar. She has considerable transitional justice and peacebuilding, conflict and development research experience gained from a Post-Graduate Peace and Security Research Fellowship at Kings College, London and subsequent research consultancies that she has undertaken. She worked as a Research Consultant for The UNHCR Regional Liaison Office for Africa in Addis Ababa, for UN Women, Mozambique and for The ICJ. She has undertaken extensive research on gender justice in post-conflict Africa.
She was the Head of Office for Lawyers for Human Rights, Durban and the Director of the Refugee Rights Project at the UCT Law Clinic. She lectured Administrative Law and Interpretation of Statutes at NMMU. She was an EXCO member of the National Consortium on Refugee Affairs in South Africa and was an Expert Participant at the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Hearings of the Global Commission on International Migration. She has a BA in Sociology, LLB and an LLM in International Human Rights and Refugee Law from UCT. She is a Fellow of the prestigious Tutu Leadership Program run by the African Leadership Institute (AfLI), Oxford University.
Patience is the Senior Human Resources Officer at the Centre for the Study of Violence & Reconciliation. She holds a BCom Honours degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a registered member of the South African Board For People Practices (SABPP). She has ten years multidisciplinary human resources experience with emphasis on recruitment, remuneration and benefits, learning and development, performance management, policy development, compliance and wellness.
Sibonelo is currently a MSocSc candidate specialising in Political Communications.
Prior to this she completed her honours degree in Communications Science and Media Studies (Cum laude). She is anchored by the belief that effective communication is a tool in building a bridge between different members of society, through meditation and the appropriate use of communication channels. It is this belief that has led Sibonelo to pursue her undergraduate BA degree in English and Communication science which she completed Cum Laude. Through her work in communications, she hopes to foster change and empower others. She further hopes to share her knowledge that she has acquired through her very first qualification which was in Events Management with a key focus on Public Relations and Marketing. Through learning and growing in experience Sibonelo hopes to contribute to the school of communications and emphasise the importance of using the right communication channels for the right audience to foster understanding
Sonto Mbatha has been with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation since 2007. She is the first point of contact in the organisation, with numerous years' experience providing reception and client services.
Stacy Norman-Hector joined the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in July 2021 as the Senior Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer. Before starting at CSVR, she worked as an M&E specialist at Sonke Gender Justice creating M&E systems for regional and national projects. She developed results-based frameworks for projects and proposals, ensured all data collection tools were aligned to indicators, and collected relevant and valid data related to projects. An experienced project manager, she was also responsible for setting up the cloud-based data management system for the organisation.
Prior to Sonke, Stacy worked as M&E officer at Nacosa on the national gender-based violence programme funded by Global Fund, specifically monitoring the Thuthuzela Care Centre programme, plus the Men Who Have Sex with Men programme. She developed data collection tools and Excel-based reporting systems, provided feedback at national quarterly meetings, and verified data in this position. Stacy has also worked as a fellow for the Foundation of Professional Development funded by PEPFAR/USAID and was hosted at Salesian Mission.
Stacy holds a Bachelor's in Social Science in Psychology and Organisational Psychology from the University of Cape Town, and an Honours in Psychology and a Master's in Research Psychology from the University of the Western Cape.
Sumaiya Mohamed is a Mental Health and Psychosocial Specialist at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. She holds a Master's degree in Community Based Counselling Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Sumaiya has 13 years' experience working in the field of mental health and trauma. She provides psychotherapeutic services to trauma and torture survivors (individuals, groups and families) as well as mental health and psychosocial support workshops in communities nationally and regionally. She provides supervision support to mental health practitioners who provide trauma counselling. An advocate for mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, her research interests include exploring the systematic impact of trauma and understanding expressions of mental health and rehabilitation in relation to social contexts.
Tsamme Mmammone Mfundisi is a Community Practitioner at CSVR. She has a diploma in Community Development and Leadership from the University of Johannesburg and completed the short course on Project Management through UNISA. She works on issues of sexual and gender-based violence and advocating for a better system in that regard, and has also being part of the Gender Focal Points at CSVR. She has 13 years' experience in the community development field and working closely with different community stakeholders and networks in South Africa, as well as the region, particularly Zimbabwe. Tsamme is currently working in the Marikana Wonderkop community in North West Province, South Africa. Above all, in her work with CSVR, she has had the opportunity to provide training, debriefing and supervision support to community partners and organisations on trauma-informed interventions and self-care. She has also presented at different symposia and conferences, including the PSYSSA conference.
Tsholofelo Nakedi is the Community Specialist at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, with more than a decade of experience working in communities. She is passionate about working with the grassroots in violence prevention interventions and reconciliation efforts. She works with individuals and groups affected by violence and conflict, including victims and survivors of torture and other forms of trauma, organised violence, youth and school violence, and domestic and gender-based violence, as well as internally displaced people, forced migrants and military veterans. As a human rights and peacebuilding practitioner, a large component of Tsholofelo's daily work is dedicated to understanding the root causes and various manifestations of collective and urban violence and designing interventions to address these within communities. She holds a BA in psychological counselling from Commonwealth Open University. She is also an alumna of the US State Department's International Visitors Leadership Program and of the Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation.
Zamokuhle Lekwape joined the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in 2018. She is a Senior Administrator with over five years' experience in administration, events management and customer care. She provides administrative and logistical support to projects and programmes in the organisation.