Office of the Commissioners
Commissioners provide guidance in developing the vision of the institution by setting its priorities and ensuring that its policies, programmes and allocated resources are consistent with their vision. This is done through exercising good corporate governance and providing leadership and guidance on the professional work of the Commission. Commissioners hold fortnightly performance reporting meetings with the CEO to oversee the quarterly plenary reporting processes.
The Commissioners are the public face of the Commission, representing the organisation not only at national, regional and international forums, but also interacting with local communities and stakeholders at the national level, as required, to mainstream human rights issues. In addition to the policy and legislative mandates of the Commission, Commissioners adopted a document called the Human Rights Matrix.
This document tracks the various human rights obligations of South Africa at the international, regional and domestic levels. It is a tool that assists in facilitating, through the guidance of human rights legal instruments, the principles and pronouncements, and the identification of the Commissioners’ strategic focus areas and priorities. It also assists in identifying the unique role of the Commission as a national human rights institution.
The strategic priority areas which are in line with the Human Rights Matrix were identified, discussed and integrated into the Strategic Plan. The Commissioners also assigned specific provinces and United Nations treaty bodies amongst themselves. These strategic priority areas, treaty bodies and provinces are set out in below.
|Strategic focus areas
| UN treaty bodies
|Chairperson, Commissioner M L Mushwana
||Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
|Deputy Chairperson, Commissioner P
|Basic Services, Health Care
||Gauteng and Western Cape
||Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
|Commissioner L Mokate
||Convention on the Rights of the Child
|Commissioner M Ameermia
||Free State and North West
|Commissioner B Malatji
||Disability, Older Persons
||Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities
|Commissioner J Love (part-time)
||Environment, Natural Resources, Rural Development
||International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
|Commissioner D Titus (part time)
||Human Rights and Law Enforcement, Prevention of Torture
||Convention against Torture Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights