SAHA Staff

Catherine Kennedy

Catherine Kennedy, Director

Catherine holds a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and, over the past fifteen years, has worked in the South African book trade, developed accessible online library services and information literacy training within universities in the UK, and promoted libraries to support teaching and learning in Zanzibar. Her professional interests revolve around the development of inclusive information services to promote and defend human rights and to foster participatory democracy


Nala Ramohlokoane

Nala Ramohlokoane, Administration and Information Officer

Nala's background is Information Technology (technical) and Communications. She has worked for government, United Nations and the private sector. She joined SAHA in April 2014 and she supports the SAHA team administratively and on the communications side.



Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP)

Toerien van Wyk

Toerien van Wyk, FOIP Coordinator

Toerien joined SAHA in 2014 after having worked as a research associate in the office of the CEO and COO of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and later as a legal consultant to the Gauteng provincial office of the SAHRC. She is an admitted attorney with an LLB degree from the University of South Africa who has experience in many facets of human rights law. Toerien started her legal career at Dreyer and Dreyer Attorneys where she completed her articles and has previously worked as a lecturer, teaching various legal courses at Varsity College and Damelin.


Bapate Ntikinca

Bapate Ntikinca, FOIP Community and Training Liaison Officer

Bapate joined SAHA towards the end of 2014 after having worked as a Research Intern for the National Research Foundation and a voluntary project manager for an NGO called Strive Push Consultants. He is a BA Honours (Public Management and Governance) graduate from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and has experience working in various community and youth development initiatives and programmes. Bapate has also worked as a tutor and student assistant at the UJ Department of Public Management and Governance in 2012.


Nancy Nkoko

Nancy Nkoko, FOIP Intern

Nancy is a new graduate from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Social Sciences: Industrial Sociology and Labour Studies degree. The internship is her first employment opportunity. Nancy is from Welkom, Free State. Nancy joined SAHA in October 2014.



Struggles for Justice (SFJ) Programme

Debora Matthews

Debora Matthews, Archival Coordinator

Debora joined SAHA in 2009 to continue her archival career after nine years at the Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archive on the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She started her career in the heritage field in the mid-1980s in Pietermaritzburg at the then Natal Provincial Museum Service. She has a BA (Honours) in Afrikaans Cultural History from Stellenbosch University and a post-graduate National Higher Diploma in Archival Studies from Technikon SA. Debora was for many years the archivist of the St Stithians Boys' College on a part-time basis.


Nonhlanhla Ngwenya

Nonhlanhla Ngwenya, Archival Assistant

Nonhlanhla Ngwenya is the Archival Assistant of SAHA’s Struggle For Justice Programme (SFJP), she joined SAHA in 2010 as a community intern for the Entering Tembisa Oral and Photographic History Project.


Right to Truth (RTT) Project

Robyn Leslie

Robyn Leslie, RTT Researcher

Robyn is a human rights writer and researcher. She has a BSc (Hons) in Politics and Environmental Research from the University of Cape Town, and a Masters in International Conflict from King's College, London. After working on research projects in Latin America and the UK, she returned to South Africa to work as an advocacy officer for refugee rights in Southern Africa. She has also worked with the Wits Justice Project on criminal justice issues, including access to bail and prevention of torture. Her published work includes articles on refugee rights, migration in sub-Saharan Africa, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. She most recently published a chapter in an edited collection on transitional justice, art and reconciliation.


Polite Chauke

Polite Chauke, RTT Intern

Polite is a Social Work Masters graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research interest lies in gender, masculinities and sexual reproductive health rights; and social justice. She is also part of an advocacy action research team that aims to empower young women's leadership skills through research around the areas of Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR).



Consultants / Contractors working on current SAHA projects

Dr Dale McKinley - Consultant (Civil society and the South African Constitution)

Michelle Friedman - Facilitator (History education workshops)

Gille De Vlieg - Researcher/Photographer (Land Act Project)

Marj Brown - Facilitator - Students' workshop (Land Act Project

Lloyd Ross - Digitisation (Shifty Records Project)

Frances Andrew - Consultant (Struggle t-shirt Project

Mumsy Malinga - Facilitator (History education workshops)


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Contact Details
Tel: +27 (0) 11 718 2560
Fax: +27 (0) 865 001 600
Postal Address
Box 31719
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