Meet our Commissioners

Dr Anton Wynand Knoetze

Dr Knoetze is the returning Commissioner and serving his second term. He is involved in Christian education, community projects and was involved in the drafting of the document about religious freedom. He is an ordained minister in the Dutch Reformed Church with a degree in Theology..


Mr Sicelo Emmanuel Dlamini

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Mr Richard Daryll Botha

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Mr Renier Stephanus Schoeman

Renier Stephanus Schoeman was born and educated in Durban, KZN and graduated from the University of Natal with a degree in Political Science and Afrikaans Netherlands. He joined the civil service in 1963 and left it in 1981 to enter politics.

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Mr Raymond Trollip

Born to a large culturally diverse family in the Eastern Cape in 1954, Trollip migrated to different regions around the country from a young age for better employment opportunities, eventually settling in KZN. A diesel mechanic and workshop supervisor by profession, Trollip became a Christian pastor and a community and traditional Khoe-San leader. While respectful of his Irish father’s ancestry, Trollip has chosen to focus on the promotion and protection of the rights and culture of indigenous South Africans,

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Ms Nomalanga Tyamzashe

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Ms Pumla Madiba

Pumla Madiba is a rural grown woman, a qualified and experienced teacher who later studied the cultures and religions of the world to a Masters Degree in Anthropology at Cambridge University, United Kingdom. She worked as a researcher at the then Centre for Policy Studies when the Centre analyzed the negotiation process to the democratic dispensation in South Africa.

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Ms Sheila Khama

Ms Khama is widely revered for her sterling work in amassing a body of impressive research on African indigenous ways of life. This contemporary research has seen her widely consulted by reputable international and local organisations keenly looking forward to be abetted on several technical and vital questions particularly those dealing with natural science of our heritage inter alia: medicinal value of indigenous plants, traditional healing practises and above all the ancient history of African religion.  

Ms Bernedette Muthien

Over twenty years Bernedette Muthien has held senior executive management positions in academia, civil society and the public sector in South Africa and abroad. She is an accomplished facilitator, researcher and poet who designs, implements and evaluates projects for business, donors, government and NGOs.

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Ms Julia Mabale

Ms Mabale is returning at the as Commissioner after having served for five years as Deputy Chairperson. She holds a BA Honours and is a School Liaison Officer for the University of Venda and is an expert in languages including the Khilobedu language.