The Board

Arnold Tsunga

Arnold Tsunga is the Director of the Africa Regional Programme of the International Commission of Jurists, as well as the Executive Director of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and the acting Executive Secretary of the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ).He served as a Humphrey Fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. In 2006, he was awarded the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders and he was honered as a Human Rights Defender in 2006 by Human Rights Watch.

Doctor Ann Skelton

Dr. Ann Skelton is the Co-ordinator of the Child Litigation Project for the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria. She holds an LLD (Doctor of Law) from the University of Pretoria and has worked as a human rights lawyer for 18 years. Since 1992, Dr. Skelton has specialised in children’s rights and has worked in a co-operative relationship with a number of government departments at the highest level in order to enhance the prospects for effective new systems for children. In 1996, she was appointed by the Minister of Justice to lead the Juvenile Justice Project Committee of the South African Law Commission. From October 1999 to November 2004, Dr. Skelton was the national co-ordinator of the Child Justice Project, a technical assistance project of the government of South Africa, the main objective of which was to assist government with planning for the implementation of the Child Justice Bill. Dr. Skelton has published extensively in the areas of juvenile law and restorative justice.

Ms. Seeham Samaai (Chairperson)

Ms. Seeham Samaai is the Director of the University of the Western Cape’s Legal Aid Clinic. She holds a B Proc Degree and has been an admitted attorney since 2001. As an attorney Ms. Samaai has also worked with the Legal Resources Centre and Lawyers for Human Rights. She is both a member of the Cape of Good Hope Law Society and the National Association of Democratic Lawyers. She also currently serves on the Western Cape Provincial Housing Development Board.

Professor Benjamin Khoapa

Prof. Benjamin Khoapa is a former Vice Chancellor of Technikon Natal in Durban and brings a wealth of experience to our Board. Prof. Khoapa has a PhD in Social Welfare, an MSc in Social Administration and a BA in Sociology and Criminology. He has served on numerous boards including the National Innovation Trust Fund, is a former member of the Certification Council for Technikon Education and has twice been Chair of the Committee of Technikon Principals. He has worked as a consultant to the Department of Education and was the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Mergers and Transformation at the Durban Institute of Technology between 2002 and 2003.

Seehaam Samaai

Seehaam Seemaai is the Chairperson of the LHR Board. She is a practicing attorney and director of the University of the Western Cape Law Clinic. Seehaam also serves as director of the Association of  University Law Clinics (AULAI).