Our Board

Judge Motsamai Makume

B.Iuris (University of the North)

A Judge of the High Court South Gauteng and a former member of the Legal Aid South Africa Board, from 2005-2010. He is now the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Legal Aid South Africa and serves as the Chairperson of the Governance and Nominations Committee.

Mr Nkosana Mvundlela

BA Law, LLB (University of Venda), Diploma in Corporate Law (University of Johannesburg)

Director of Mvundlela & Associates Attorneys and Mvundlela Property Developers (Pty) Ltd; Chairperson of the Black Lawyers’ Association in Limpopo; Council member of the Law Society of South Africa and a member of its Management Committee; Council member of the South African Judicial Education Institute. He serves as the Chairperson of the Legal Services Committee and as a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee. He is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Legal Aid South Africa.

Mr Matome Leseilane

BAdmin (University of the North), PGDip Labour Law, BA Honours: Human Resources Development (University of Johannesburg), Executive Leadership Programme (GSB, University of Cape Town), Advanced Management Programme (GIBS, University of Pretoria & London School of Economics), Executive Human Resources Programme (USB, University of Stellenbosch)

Self-employed as a consultant, with extensive experience in human resources, corporate governance and business management. He serves as the Chairperson of the Remuneration Social and Ethics Committee and as a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee.

Ms Mamodike Makgoba

National Diploma, BTech: Cost and Management Accounting (Cape Peninsula University of Technology), BCom, Honours: Accounting (University of KwaZulu-Natal), CA(SA)

Qualified chartered accountant with experience in regulatory reporting in the banking industry. She founded a boutique accounting firm that focuses on helping small business formalise their trade by providing bookkeeping, tax and secretariat services. She serves as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee.

Mr Fhedzisani R. Pandelani

B.Proc, LLB, Higher Diploma: Company Law (University of the Witwatersrand), Sectional Title Scheme Management (University of Cape Town)

Director of F.R. Pandelani Incorporated, a legal practice firm he founded in 1997, he is an attorney of the High Court of South Africa with over 23 years’ experience. He is the Solicitor-General of the Republic of South Africa with oversight rights as Executive to all Offices of the State Attorney. He is the former Chairperson of the Gauteng Liquor Board and of the External Advisory Panel on Environmental Appeals, appointed by the Member of the Executive Council to the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, Agriculture and Rural Development in terms of section 43(5) of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA). He serves as a member of the Legal Services Committee and the Remuneration Social and Ethics Committee.

Dr Maureen Tong

B.Iuris, LLB, LLM (University of KwaZulu-Natal), PhD in International Law (Université de Strasbourg), Associate Certified Coach of the International Coaching Federation

CEO of CoachCompanion South Africa. She is a part-time lecturer at Wits Business School. She serves on the Council of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She provides Secretariat services to the Board of the Women’s Development Banking Trust on a part-time basis. She has published in accredited peer-reviewed publications on topics such as gender, reparations, restitution, land reform, as well as rights of indigenous peoples to self-determination. She recently self-published a book on executive coaching.

She served as Specialist Advisor to the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture in South Africa 2018/2019. She was the first Chief Operations Officer at the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform and Chief of Staff in the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Affairs. She was Deputy Director for Policy and Legal Matters at the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights (Land Claims Commission) and Chief Planner at the Department of Land Affairs supervising Land Rights Officers responsible for implementing the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act 3 of 1996 and the Extension of Security of Tenure Act, 62 of 1997. She was Deputy Director at the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and Street Law Coordinator at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She served on the High-Level Land Reform Research Panel at the John Dube Institute (Fuze Institute) and delivered the John Langalibalele Dube Memorial Lecture in 2017 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She established the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute and the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library, both of which are joint projects of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation and UNISA. She serves as a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee, Legal Services Committee and Remuneration Social and Ethics Committee.

Advocate Michelle Odayan

BA, LLB (University of Natal)

Justice Sector and Institutional reform professional and co-founder of the Indiba-Africa Group; a human rights development practice. Her personal and professional life is anchored around values-based leadership and a deep commitment to social justice. She has substantive experience, having worked with government, the private sector and civil society stakeholders to advance the rule of law and expand access to justice, gender and inclusion, business and human rights, good governance, alternative dispute resolution, high impact skills development and digital technologies. She is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, the Aspen Global Leadership Network (US) and an alumnus of the Cambridge and Prince of Wales Sustainable Leadership Programme (UK). She is the Chairperson of POWA and the FP&M SETA and was a founding Board Director of Play Africa. She serves as a member of the Legal Services Committee.

Professor William Gumede

Diploma: Economics & Public Finance (University of South Africa), Joint Degree (Utrecht, Aarhus and Cardiff Universities), Masters: Political Studies (University of the Witwatersrand)

Associate Professor and former Convener of Political Economy in the School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand; Executive Chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation and Chairperson of ActionAid SA. He was a Principal Advisor for the Presidential Review Committee on State-Owned Enterprises; Principal Advisor in establishing South Africa’s Parliamentary Budget Office and Principal Advisor in establishing South Africa’s Infrastructure Project Preparation Fund. He has previously served as Chairperson of the Audit and Finance Committees of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. He serves as a member of the Audit Committee.

Mr Langelihle Mtshali

BProc, Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Legal Studies (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

A human rights activist, he is the founder member and founding Chairperson of the National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices and a member of the Interim Board of the Centre for Advancement of Community Advice Office in South Africa. He is also the founding member of the African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice. A former Executive Director of the Community Law and Rural Development Centre and the founder and Managing Director of Zizwele Ngolimi Business Enterprises. He is a resident Mediator panellist on the Land Rights Management Facility, a project of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. He also sits on the Board of several other institutions including the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Court Annex Mediation of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. He serves as a member of the Legal Services Committee.

Ms Mantiti Kola

Master of Management: Business and Executive Coaching (University of the Witwatersrand), Postgraduate Diploma: Management (University of Pretoria, Monash University Australia, Singapore e-Government Leadership Centre), BA Honours, BA Education (University of the North)

Chief Executive Officer responsible for overall strategic direction of Legal Aid South Africa so as to realise the vision and fulfil the mission.

Mr Sethopo Mamotheti

BCompt, Postgraduate Diploma: Accounting Science (University of South Africa), HDipTax (University of North-West), MBA (GIBS, University of Pretoria), CIA, CCSA (IIA), AGA(SA) (SAICA)

Chief Operations Officer responsible for support operations within Legal Aid South Africa.

Mr Patrick Hundermark

BCom, LLB (University of Port Elizabeth), Certificate Programme in Leadership Development (WBS, University of the Witwatersrand), Practising Attorney, North Gauteng High Court

Chief Legal Executive responsible for civil legal services delivery, the improvement of quality and range of legal services offered to Legal Aid South Africa’s legal aid applicants, impact services, legal training and pilot projects.