New Law Reform commissioners appointed

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has appointed five commissioners to the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC), the Presidency said on Monday.

Pamela Schwikkard, Vinodh Jaichand, Mahlape Sello, Irvin Lawrence and Namhla Siwendu were all appointed for a period of five years.

"We wish the members of the South African Law Reform Commission well in this critical endeavour in the service of our democracy and Constitution,” President Zuma said.

The field of experience of the members range from human rights law, administrative law and corporate governance law.

Professor Schwikkard, who is also Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town, and practising Adv Mahlape are both returning members of the SALRC, and both bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Jaichand is Professor and Head of School at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law, while Lawrence is a practising attorney and Director at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs.

Siwendu is a practising attorney and the Founding Partner and CEO of Thina Siwendu & Associates.

The SALRC is a statutory body established in terms of the South African Law Reform Commission Act, 1973 (Act No. 19 of 1973).

The commission does research with reference to all branches of the law in order to make recommendations to government for the development, improvement, modernisation or reform of the law.

Last month, President Zuma appointed Judge Mandisa Maya as the chairperson, and Judge Jody Kollapen as the vice chairperson of the commission. –

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