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Pregaluxmi Govender


An activist against Apartheid since 1974, Pregs Govender taught English in Durban, at schools and at university, before joining the trade union movement in the 80’s. She was National Educator of GAWU (now SACTWU) before heading SA’s first Workers College. Pregs served on the executive structures of COSATU’s National Gender Committee and the UDF-affiliated Natal Organisation of Women.

During the negotiated transition, Pregs managed the Women’s National Coalition, which mobilised rural and urban women to impact on SA’s Constitution. She then worked in the national RDP office, integrating women’s concerns into the RDP. As an ANC member, she was elected to the National Assembly in SA’s first democratic election. In the ‘94 budget debates she initiated SA’s gender budgeting and steered its impact on the ‘98/‘99 National Budget. In ’94 she was tasked with editing SA’s Country Report to Beijing.

Pregs was elected Chairperson of Parliament’s Committee on Women (‘96-‘02). This Committee ensured that 80% of its legislative priorities were enacted by 1999. During the Mbeki era, this Committee held public hearings on the gendered impact of HIV/Aids. After being the only MP to register opposition to the arms deal in the Defence Budget Vote, Pregs resigned in 2002.

Her work thereafter included being the Chairperson of the Independent Panel Review of Parliament. Her human rights activism includes being a member of the global Panel on Human Dignity. Pregs’ awards include honorary doctorates in Law and Philosophy, the first Ruth First Fellowship and the Fulbright New Century Scholarship for the Global Empowerment of Women. She has authored many papers and articles and contributed to several publications. Pregs is the author of Love and Courage, a story of Insubordination.

In November 2008, Parliament voted unanimously for her appointment as SAHRC Commissioner by President Motlanthe. She began her term in January 2009 and was appointed Deputy Chairperson in October. She leads the SAHRC programmes on Basic Services, CEDAW and PAIA.





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Upcoming Events

  • Chairperson, Mabedle Lourence Mushwana, is attending the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) Bureau meeting; and speaking at the 12th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) organized by the Mexican National Human Rights Commission in collaboration with the ICC, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to be held in Mexico from 5 to 10 October 2015
  • Deputy Chairperson, Pregs Govender, is  attending the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at UJ Soweto Campus, on 05 October 2015.
  • Commissioner Lindiwe Mokate is attending and presenting at the United Nation’s Conference on Blind Spots of the Human Rights Council Agenda in Geneva, from 05 – 06 October 2015.
  • Commissioner Janet Love, is attending the UN Human Rights Conference in Geneva, from 05 – 08 October 2015
  • Commissioner Bokankatla Malatji, is attending the Section 11 Sub-committee meeting on older persons, on 07 October 2015.
  • North West Province will host a workshop on hate crimes/ LGBTI in Ventersdorp, on 7 October 2015
  • Mpumalanga Province will host a Roundtable discussion on corporal punishment in KaNyamazane. Ehlanzeni District Municipality on 8 October 2015


SAHRC Programmes

Since its establishment, the SAHRC has dedicated itself to:
•  Raising awareness;
•  Monitoring and assessment;
•  Education and training
•  Addressing human rights violations

How can the SAHRC help?

The SAHRC promotes, protects and monitors human rights in South Africa. It also has a specific responsibility to promote and monitor the implemen-
tation of PAIA.


08 March – International Women’s Day
21 March - Human Rights Day
27 April – Freedom day
1 May - Workers day
03 May – World Press Freedom Day

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