SAHA Staff

An insight into the SAHA team

The current team is made up of six core staff members and two interns, who between them hold various degrees and diplomas in disciplines including law, library and information studies, international relations, project management, history, museum & heritage studies, political science, economics and tax. The team speaks, between them, nine of South Africa's official languages, with some also conversant in Japanese, German and Shona. The team members have spent time working as far and wide as England, Japan and Canada, and among them they have travelled to a total of 35 countries.

The SAHA team




Dr Geraldine Frieslaar, Director, SFJP Coordinator

Geraldine holds a PhD in History, M.A degree (cum laude) in Public and Visual History, Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of the Western Cape, (UWC), and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations from the University of Stellenbosch. Geraldine started work as a teacher in Japan, before moving to the Holocaust Centre in Cape Town as an education assistant, then to the District Six Museum as a researcher and subsequently to the UWC-Robben Island Museum Mayibuye Archives, where she worked as an archivist and completed her doctoral dissertation on the International Defence and Aid Fund archival collection housed at the Mayibuye Archives. Her research and professional interests are the cultivation of critical citizenship and advocacy for social justice through archival activism. 


Zandile Nkumane, Support Service Officer

Zandile joined SAHA as a Support Services Intern in September 2017 intake. She holds a B Com degree in Supply Chain Management, Human Resources Management and Economics from the University of KwaZulu- Natal and her career interest focuses more on economic development and equality in South Africa. She strongly believes this opportunity will enable her to make contributions in the civil society in the aspects of ethical procurement and finance processes. 






Nobukhosi Ntombifuthi Zulu, FOIP Coordinator

Nobukhosi is a passionate human rights defender who joined SAHA at the beginning of 2018. She holds an LL.B. from UKZN. In 2013, she conducted research on economic development and governance systems. Zulu began articling at Lawyers for Human Rights in 2014, after returning from a study fellowhip in the Netherlands, where she worked in the refugee and migrant rights clinic. After completing her articles, she was awarded the prestigious UCLA Sonke Fellowship that allowed her to earn her LLM in Los Angeles graduating with a dual specialization in International and Comparative Law as well Public Interest Law and Policy. Her interests include, access to information, protection of infomation, human rights and new technologies, community education, and economic justice.



Boteng Maluke, FOIP Intern

Boteng Maluke joined SAHA as a FOIP legal intern in October 2018. She recently completed a Master of Laws in International law at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she also obtained LLB (Honours) in 2017. She has worked for the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), as legal research intern in the Chairperson's office. Her research interests include international human rights law, socio economic rights, social justice and exploring how the right to access information is interrelated with other rights. Whilst at SAHA, she hopes to identify ways to address the gaps in the legislative landscape regulating access to information in South Africa and to contribute to the teaching, research and litigation activities of FOIP aimed at improving compliance with the PAIA and POPI legislation. 




Vanessa Shingange, FOIP Legal Researcher

Vanessa Shingange joined the SAHA FOIP team as a legal researcher in July 2018. She obtained an LLB degree from the University of Venda in 2015. Since then she has served as a legal researcher in both the Constitutional court of South Africa and the Supreme Court of Kenya. As a young  woman growing up in a rural village, she was exposed  to hardships that people were compelled to endure in life due to lack of justice and access to legal facilities. It thus inspired her passion for human rights and public interest law. She wants to continue to grow intellectually and academically in order to become an inspiration to her fellow black women and in turn revolutionize rural communities. 




Amilah Abd-Al-Rashid, CBA Legal Intern

Amilah Abd-Al-Rashid is a volunteer at FOIP through the Canadian Bar Association's Young Lawyers International Program. She holds an Honours BA in Criminology, Political Science, and Spanish from University of Toronto. She also holds an LLB from University of Sussex. While at Sussex, she acted as a Legal Companion with the Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele program. Amilah has experience in the banking and corporate legal environments in Canada. Whilst at FOIP, she plans on engaging with the local community and using ATI laws to promote corporate transparency and accountability.  




 Nonhlanhla Ngwenya, Archival Assistant


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.


Inez McGregor

Inez McGregor, Archival Assistant (RTT Project)

Inez completed her studies at the University of Cape Town in 2015. She has a PgDip in Library and Information Studies preceded by Honours in Historical Studies, and a BA in Economics, Classical Studies and Economic History. She is passionate about history and the role of archives in contributing to South Africa’s heritage and historical narratives. She joined SAHA as an intern in January 2016. 






Consultants / Contractors 


         Nozipho Mahlangu - Consulting Bookkeeper





         Mumsy Malinga - Facilitator (History education





  Michelle Friedman - Facilitator (History education workshops)


         Vaughn Sadie - Consultant (Exhibitions)





Frances Andrew - Consultant (Struggle t-shirt project)

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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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SAHA is based at Constitution Hill, within the Nursery Section of the former Women's Jail, on 1 Kotze Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.