Members of the Information Regulator

Adv Pansy Tlakula (Chairperson)

PPIR Member Pansy Tlakula holds a B. Proc degree from the University of the North( now University of Limpopo), an LL.B degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LL.M degree from Harvard University. In 2006 she was awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Legal Studies by the Vaal University of Technology.

Pansy Tlakula has held high profile positions in the academia, public and private sector. These include Senior Law Lecturer at the then University of Bophuthatswana (now North West University), National Director of the Black Lawyers Association, one of the founding Commissioners of the South Africa Human Rights Commission, Chairperson of the Board of the National Credit Regulator, Chairperson of Council of the then University of the North West ( now North West University) and the Chancellor of the Vaal University of Technology. She was also Independent Non Executive Director of the Bidvest Group Limited and the Chief Electoral Officer and later Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC). Tlakula is the former Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (AU Organ) and it’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information. She is currently a Member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

 

Adv Lebogang Stroom-Nzama (Full-time Member)

PPIR Member Lebogang Stroom-Nzama completed her LLB degree at the University of Pretoria. She began her career as a Candidate Attorney at Hack, Stupel and Ross Attorneys where she completed her articles of clerkship. She was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court. She further obtained her LLM Degree with specialisation in Commercial law at University of South Africa, and a Certificate in Compliance Management with the University of Johannesburg.

Her previous work experience include areas of legal, compliance and risk at various financial services institutions such as Santam Insurance, First National Bank, SASRIA, and Liberty Life. In 2012 she was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a member of the Johannesburg Bar. She is currently the full–time member of the newly formed Information Regulator.

 

 

Adv Collen Weapond (Full-time Member)

PPIR MemberJohannes Collen Weapond is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. His areas of specialization include information technology, risk management, forensic investigation, compliance management, business management as well as law with a specialization in the law of contracts. Amongst other Johannes hold the following qualifications, a B. Iuris, LLB (UNISA), B.Com (Honours IT) (UCT), B. Tech in Policing (TUT), Diploma in Education III (RCE), Diploma in Compliance Management (UJ), Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Forensics (Coursework) (UCT), Certificate in Fraud Examination (Cum Laude) (UP), Certificate in Policing (TUT), Masters in Business Systems (Coursework Completed).

Johannes is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee of the Office of the Premier in the Eastern Cape and Chairperson of the Risk Management Committee of the Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services. He also serves as a member of the Audit Committee of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, the Limpopo Provincial Audit Committee, Freestate Provincial Audit Committee, Wholesale and Retail SETA, Freestate Department of Education. He is also a member of Council of the University of Mpumalanga (UMP) and the Chairperson of the Strategy Subcommittee. He was appointed as the Independent Expert for Legal and ICT at the Quality Council for Trade and Occupation (QCTO).

Furthermore, Johannes served as a Non-Executive Director (Member of the Board) of the National Lotteries Commission and as the Chairperson of Risk Management Committee, Legal, Request for Proposal Subcommittee and Ad hoc Legal Subcommittees of the Board. He also served as a member of the Cybersecurity Advisory Council of South Africa, member of Council of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) and a member of the Appeals Committee of Council. Lastly, Johannes also served as a Non-Executive Director and Coordinator of the Audit Function at Brakpan Bus Company (BBC), member of the Audit Committee of the National Department of Human Settlements, member of Council of the Forestry Advisory Council, member of Council of the Heraldry Council.

 

Professor Sizwe Snail ka Mtuze (Part-time Member)

PPIR MemberSizwe Lindelo Snail ka Mtuze holds a Baccalareus Legum (LLB) from the University of Pretoria with Tax Law and Cyber-Law electives also an (LLM) from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is currently registered with the University of Fort Hare for an (LLD). Prof Snail Ka Mtuze has recently been appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Mercantile Law Department of Nelson Mandela University (NMU) Law Faculty.

Sizwe Snail ka Mtuze is also a member of South African Information Regulator (SAIR) and member of Films and Publication Appeal Board (FPAB) since 2016 and 2017 respectively.

He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Fort hare (UFH) since 2015 and Lecturer in Cyberlaw / IT Law (LLB and LLM levels).

Sizwe is also a regular external examiner for Cyber Law / IT Law for LLB and LLM students. He is still the International Co-ordinator of the African Centre for Cyberlaw and Crime Prevention (ACCP) based in Kampala, Uganda.

He is also co-editor and author of the 3rd Edition of Cyberlaw @ SA 3. He is also currently involved in the writing of 4th Edition Cyberlaw @ SA 4 to be released in 2021.

He is the author of various articles on Cyberlaw in accredited and non-accredited journals both locally and internationally and has given ad hoc lectures for the Law Society South Africa (LSSA), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), University of Johannesburg (UJ),University of Witwatersrand (WITS), University of Fort Hare (UFH) and University of Pretoria (UP).He regularly comments on Cyberlaw / IT Law matters in in various South African journals, newspapers, television and radio talk shows.

He also presents papers and attends both local and international conferences (South America, North America, Europe and Asia) on Cyberlaw / IT Law matters. He also delivers in-house corporate lectures and presentation and regularly gives opinions to both the private and government sectors. He has a diverse client base of various private companies and government institutions both in South Africa and in Central, West and East Africa and Europe.

Sizwe Snail Ka Mtuze was a member on the ICT REVIEW Panel of the Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services (DTPS), serving as a Chair of the E-commerce Committee (Digital Society as renamed) within the Panel sub-committees (2014 – 2015). Sizwe Snail Ka Mtuze also served on the National Cyber Security advisory Counsel of the DPTS. (2015 – 2017).

He also served as Chairperson of the LSSA & previously served as Deputy Chair for the LSSA, E-Law Committee (2013 – 2020 ). Sizwe Snail ka Mtuze is a ZADNA Mediator for Domain Name Disputes (2018 – 2019) & is also a Trainee Adjudicator of the SAIIPL, Domain Disputes and is also the co-founding member of the Annual Cyberlaw Conference and the Annual Lex – Informatica (2008 – to date). Snail ka Mtuze is a WASPA Adjudicator (2008- to date).

Prof Snail ka Mtuze is a Member of the CyberBRICS Advisory Board and an Examiner for the Legal Practice Council (LPC) for the Attorneys Admission Examiner (2020 – to date).

 

Ms Alison Tilley (Part-time Member)

PPIR MemberAlison Tilley is an attorney, specialising in transparency and accountability issues. She has litigated on transparency and whistleblowing issues in a number of High Court matters, the Labour Court, the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Appeal. She was formerly the director of the Open Democracy Advice Centre.

She is the coordinator of the Judges Matter campaign, which is a project of the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit at the University of Cape Town. They have an extensive campaign on judicial appointments and conduct processes.

Her publications include “The Right to Know, The Right to Live”, edited by Richard Calland and herself, and she contributes to the Daily Maverick. She works on issues surrounding gender based violence, and particularly the roll out of sexual offences courts with the Rape Survivor Justice Campaign.

 

Updated: 12 Aug 2021

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