Our board

The nine members of our board guide our mission and vision.

The board’s tasks are many: ensuring Corruption Watch meets its legal requirements; making sure the organisation is well run and is on a sound financial footing; and that all its constituencies are represented.

At the bottom of each board member’s profile is a link to a signed declaration of their interests outside Corruption Watch. For security reasons, personal details such as identity numbers and residential addresses have been blackened out.

Mavuso Msimang

Mavuso Msimang

Chairperson

A former director general of the national Home Affairs department and CEO of SANParks, he is currently the CEO of the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation. His non-executive board directorships include the African Parks Network and the Peace Parks Foundation, and he is chairperson of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage site.

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David Lewis

David Lewis

Executive director

Former Competition Tribunal chairperson. “As both a trade unionist and public servant at the competition authority, I’ve seen how public money and resources are squandered by both the public and private sectors. It is my privilege to work in this organisation to help protect these resources so they are directed to the very people they are meant to support.” Read more

Adila Hassim

Adila Hassim

Dr Thabi Leoka

Sithembile Mbete

Sithembile Mbete

Kate O’Regan

Kate O’Regan

Vusi Pikoli

Vusi Pikoli

Alice L. Brown

Alice Brown

Dr Mzukizi Qobo

Dr Mzukisi Qobo

Mavuso Msimang

Mavuso Msimang

CEO of the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation

Mavuso Msimang was the former director general of the national Home Affairs department. During his time in this position, he was instrumental in putting systems in place that greatly improved turnaround times in the issuance of face-value items – such as identity documents, birth certificates and passports.

In the early days of Msimang’s career, he served on the MK Military High Command from 1966 to 1969, before being appointed secretary to ANC President Oliver Tambo, a position that he held from 1969 to 1971.

Msimang has been involved in the transformation and restructuring of a number of state-owned entities: in 1994, he took on the country’s unpopular tourism marketing organisation, then called Satour, and, with his board, laid the foundation for the establishment of the new-look SA Tourism. As CEO of South African National Parks, Msimang oversaw the implementation of the organisation’s financial, environmental and social responsibility programmes, involving communities around the parks by offering them employment and business opportunities.

He also played a crucial role in restoring the integrity of operations at the State Information Technology Agency.

Before his return to South Africa in 1994, he worked for a number of NGOs in international development – this includes a six-year association with the World University Service of Canada and CARE International as country representatives in Ethiopia and Kenya respectively, and stints with Unicef, the World Food Programme and the UN Development Programme.

His non-executive board directorships include the African Parks Network and the Peace Parks Foundation, and he is chairperson of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage site.

Declaration of interests:

Mavuso Msimang

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David Lewis

David Lewis

Executive director of Corruption Watch

David Lewis chaired the Competition Tribunal for a decade, from its founding in 1999. He received his training in economics from the universities of the Witwatersrand and Cape Town. Between 1975 and 1990, he worked in the trade union movement, serving as general secretary of the General Workers Union and national organiser of the
Transport and General Workers Union.

From 1990, Lewis directed UCT’s Development Policy Research Unit, which specialises in trade and industrial policy. Between 1994 and 1996, he was special adviser to the Minister of Labour and co-chaired the Presidential Commission on Labour Market Policy. Later, he was a member of the task team who advised the Minister of Trade and Industry on the development of competition policy.

Lewis participated in the drafting of the Competition Act, and was a member of the Competition Board from January 1998, chairing the board from January to August 1999. With the promulgation of the Competition Act in September 1999, he was appointed chairperson of the Competition Tribunal.

Lewis was a founding member of the International Competition Network, a member of its Steering Group from 2001 until 2009, and chairman of the Steering Group between 2008 and 2009. He was deputy chairman of the Industrial Development Corporation’s board from 2002 to 2008, and chairman of its human resources committee.

In 2009, Lewis was appointed an extraordinary professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. A year later, UCT awarded him an honorary doctorate in economic sciences.

Lewis is also an author and his book Thieves at the Dinner Table: Enforcing the Competition Act – a Personal Account was published in 2012.

Declaration of interests:

David Lewis

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Thabi Leoka

Economic strategist

Dr Thabi Leoka is an economic strategist, currently working at Argon Asset Management. She has held top positions at Renaissance Capital, Standard Bank Corporate and Investing, Barclays Wealth, and Investec Asset Management – she was based in London for the latter post.

She obtained her PhD and MSc in Economics from the London University School of Economics, and also holds an MA in Economic Development and International Trade from Wits University, and a BA in Social Science from Wits University.

She is a regular columnist for Business Times in the Sunday Times, and for Money Management. In addition, she is an accomplished speaker and was an economic advisor to the Fees Commission as well as former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.

Declaration of interests:

Thabi Leoka

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Dr Mzukizi Qobo

Dr Mzukizi Qobo

Author, thought leader, political risk analyst and public speaker

Dr Mzukisi Qobo advises organisations on mitigating political risks and help them to capture opportunities from regulation. He previously worked at the Department of Trade and Industry as chief director for trade policy, and drafted the current South African trade policy and strategy framework.

Until recently he taught international political economy at the University of Pretoria, where he was deputy director at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. He is a senior associate at Tutwa Consulting and a research associate affiliated with the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria. He is a regular columnist for Business Day and appears regularly on domestic and international media. He obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom; MA from the University of Stellenbosch; and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cape Town.

He is author of The Fall of the ANC: What Next?, published by Pan Macmillan (Picador Africa). Mzukisi is currently working on a book focusing on The New Contours of Transformational Leadership in South Africa.

Declaration of interests:

Mzukisi Qobo

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Adila Hassim

Adila Hassim

Advocate and junior counsel at Thulamela Chambers

Adila Hassim is an advocate and a founding member of Corruption Watch. She is currently junior counsel at Thulamela Chambers.

Hassim earned a BA and LLB from the University of Natal. After completing her degrees, she later earned an LLM from the Saint Louis University School of Law in the United States, and a JSD, or doctorate in law, cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

She is a member of the Johannesburg Bar and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2003.

A prolific author, Hassim has been published in law journals, health journals and newspapers, and has co-authored books on human rights and health law. She is a member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and an honorary member of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).

Declaration of interests:

Adila Hassim

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Sithembile Mbete

Sithembile Mbete

Political science lecturer

Sithembile Mbete is a lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria where she lectures in international relations and South African politics. She is also a doctoral candidate at the university, writing a thesis on South Africa’s foreign policy during its two terms in the UN Security Council. She has published on the Economic Freedom Fighters and South African elections in accredited journals. Her research has been funded by the National Institute for Humanities and Social Science, the National Research Foundation, Social Science Research Council and the Mellon Foundation. In 2014 she was a visiting scholar at the Department of Political Science and Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. She comments frequently in the media on a range of issues in South African politics.

Mbete joined the University of Pretoria from The Presidency of South Africa where she was a researcher in the secretariat of the National Planning Commission. Her work in this regard was focused on public service reform and anti-corruption policy. She contributed to the drafting of the National Development Plan. Prior to this she worked as a political researcher at Idasa (Institute for Democracy in Africa) where she was responsible for parliamentary monitoring and political analysis. While at Idasa she monitored the parliamentary deliberations on the Protection of State Information Bill, commenting on and writing about the bill in the media. She served on the provincial and national working groups of the Right2Know Campaign and helped coordinate activism against the legislation.

Declaration of interests:

Sithembile Mbete

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Kate O’Regan

Kate O’Regan

Distinguished Jurist

Kate O’Regan is a former Constitutional Court judge, who was appointed in 1994 during the transitional period to democracy. She was the youngest judge, and was one of only two women to be appointed at the time (currently, there are only two women sitting on the bench). In 2009, her 15-year term ended.

O’Regan was the inaugural chairperson of the United Nations Internal Justice Council from 2008 to 2012. Currently, she is president of the International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal, a member of the World Bank Sanctions Board, an ad hoc judge of the Namibian Supreme Court, a visiting professor at Oxford University and an honorary professor at UCT.

In the early 1980s, O’Regan worked in Johannesburg as an attorney, representing trade unions, anti-apartheid organisations and communities facing eviction under apartheid land policy.

Declaration of interests:

Kate O’Regan

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Vusi Pikoli

Vusi Pikoli

Police ombudsman for the Western Cape

Vusi Pikoli is an advocate by profession and is currently the Western Cape police ombudsman. Between 1991 and 1994, he worked in the private legal profession, but became special advisor to the minister of justice, Dullah Omar, in 1994. He served in that capacity until 1997, when he became deputy director general of human resources in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

From 1999 to 2005, he was director-general in the same department, before being appointed to head up the National Prosecuting Authority, a position he held until 2008. Pikoli’s published memoir, My Second Initiation, details his journey from his first initiation as a young man in the Eastern Cape, to his second initiation as a top-ranking government official.

Pikoli is a former trustee of the Constitutional Court Trust, and a founding member of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities. He was a director of the forensic investigation division at SizweNtsalubaGobodo until February 2012. He also headed the forensics department at Gobodo Inc. He is also an independent director on the board of Cricket South Africa, where he chairs the social and ethics committee.

In August 2012, he and Kate O’Regan were appointed as co-commissioners of a commission of inquiry into allegation of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape.

Declaration of interests:

Vusi Pikoli

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Alice L. Brown

Alice Brown

International human rights advocate

Alice L. Brown is an international human rights advocate and an expert on the use of the law for the public good. Her distinguished career has focused on civil rights litigation and social justice philanthropy, with an emphasis on institutionbuilding for NGOs.

She served nearly two decades of leadership at the Ford Foundation, as a human rights programme officer in its New York headquarters and as a programme officer, deputy representative and then representative for the foundation’s Southern African office, based in Johannesburg. During this time, she engaged in innovative grant-making to support
visionaries working on crucial global, regional and national issues in areas including human rights, social justice, constitutionalism and reconciliation, supervising funding programmes with cumulative grant making of well over $100 million.

Earlier in her career, she spent five years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where her work and publications addressed legal aspects of housing conditions and environmental degradation in African American communities.

Brown is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of Section27 and also a member of the advisory committees of the Wits Justice Project and of Lawyers Against Abuse. She is a former board member of Human Rights Watch, the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights and the South Africa – United States Fulbright Commission, and an alumna of Common Purpose South Africa.

Brown graduated with a BA in History (honours) from Dartmouth College, and is a graduate of the New York University School of Law, where she was named an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow based on academic performance and a commitment to civil rights and public interest law. She has been a visiting adjunct professor at the
University of the Witwatersrand School of Law, a fellow of the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program, and a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Currently, she is called upon to advise and speak on a broad range of topics including philanthropic giving, NGO governance, leadership development, organisational effectiveness, public interest law, and transformation and diversity within the South African legal profession.

Declaration of interests:

Alice Brown

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