Justice Today, March 2019
Mrs Dibuseng Mongoato, Eastern Cape Regional Head.
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD) continues to pioneer gender transformation as more women take up leadership roles within justice. Recently appointed Eastern Cape Regional Head, Dibuseng Mongoato, is a perfect example of this transformation.
Her role as the Regional Head is to provide strategic leadership to the province by maintaining stakeholder engagements especially within the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS) and ensuring the day-to-day operation of the Department in the province.
Dibuseng hails from Matatiele in the Eastern Cape, where she completed her matric. She went on to study law and completed her B. Juris degree at the University of Transkei in 1992. Following her graduation, she relocated to Johannesburg to begin her career in law, but began working as a receptionist.
Undeterred, she continued with her studies, registered for her Bachelor of Law degree and completed it through the University of Transkei in 1996, while still working in Mthatha. Her career in law formally began in July 1997 when she served her articles of clerkship with Copper Conroy Bell and Richards Attorneys based in East London. “I was admitted as an attorney in 1998 and worked at the practice until 2002,” she explained.
She then joined the Office of the State Attorney for a few months until she was appointed as a Senior Legal Officer at the Eastern Cape regional office in June 2002.
In response to the new role she serves today, Regional Head Mongoato says she plans to use her position to address challenges facing the province such as Ukuthwala, sexual violence and human trafficking. “I plan on working hand-in-hand with members of the JCPS Cluster and other stakeholders in the province to ensure that we curb these challenges,” said Mongoato.
She highlighted customer satisfaction as a very important component of the Department which she will be prioritising. “We are receiving complaints in terms of our services; I would like to deal with case flow blockages which prevent us from providing the best services to members of the public,” explained Mongoato.
She describes herself as very inclusive person. “I first understand that I am a public servant; the word ‘servant’ is what leads me, and even as leader I still know that I am a servant to the people,” she said. “Women empowerment is very important to me and I believe that the Department as an institution continues to empower women.”
Aside from heading Justice in her province, she also takes care of her family. “I am a wife and a mother and I do my best to make time for my family,” she says.
By Solomon Mahlangu