Our Commissioners

Prof Henning Viljoen (BCCSA  Chairperson)


Commissioner of the BCCSA (2000 – ); BA LLB LLD Attorney of the High Court of South Africa; Professor of Law (UP) (1981 – 1998);

Dr. Mohamed Alli Chicktay

(B.Proc, LLB. LLM. and a Ph.D. Wits University) (Negotiation and Mediation (Harvard law School). An academic at the University of Witwatersrand where he has lectured ADR, labour Law and Constitutional Law; completed four law degrees including a Ph.D. at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa; studied mediation and negotiations at Harvard;  has published extensively in accredited South African and International Law Journals;  presented conference papers in a number of countries including India, Malaysia, Greece, England and South Africa; together with Mr. Patelia published ADR books which  include Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration – a practical guide to Dispute Resolution” with the South African Law Society in 2014 and Appropriate Dispute Resolution with Lexus Nexus in 2015; in addition to his academic work he is also a practicing mediator and arbitrator in labour law, commercial law and land disputes; worked for the CCMA, TOKISO and for a number of Bargaining Councils and is an accredited Court Annexed Mediator; also an accredited mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in England; has provided extensive mediation and arbitration training to legal professionals, judges, academics and parliamentarians from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Botswana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa and most recently mediators for the lesothos’ High Court Annexed mediation; he trains mediation and arbitration skills in the practical CCMA commissioner course offered by Wits Law School Mandela Institute; also trains in the Court Annexed Mediation Course offered by Wits Law School Mandela Institute.

Prof. Bonke Clayton Dumisa

Previously an academic of more than 23 years since 1990, Prof Bonke Dumisa was a Professor of Management at the University of Durban-Westville (UDW) and later at the merged University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN);  is an Advocate of the High Court with extensive adjudicative skills, having adjudicated cases and written judgements at the National Consumer Tribunal, Council for Medical Schemes, and the KwaZulu-Natal Rental Housing Tribunal;  a regular economic analyst for various media; is inter alia currently the Acting Executive Chairperson of the National Consumer Tribunal and the Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Planning Commission.

Ms. Nokubonga Fakude

Attorney; LLB (UJ); LLM, Corporate law (UNISA); Publications: De Rebus , SA Attorney Journal , 2015, South African Law of Unjustified Enrichment.

Mr. Dzuguda Rufus Kharidzha (Apr)

Is an Accredited Public Relations Practitioner (APR), Holds a Certificate in Public Relations (1990) and a Diploma in Business Management from Executive Education College of Management (2009).He obtained a Diploma in Municipal Governance from UJ (2004), B.A. (S.W) (1974), B.A. Hons (S.W) (1982) and a Masters in Development Studies (2003) from the University of Limpopo; founded and directed Univen Community Radio (1996-2008); served  at the University of Venda as Director: Public Relations (1989-2008);  was a member and later Chairperson of the Limpopo Tourism and Parks Board (2002-2008); the MD of Mutapa Cooperative Financial Institution.

Prof. Sunette Lötter (BCCSA Deputy Chairperson)

Holds a BA LLB from RAU and a LLM and LLD from UP. Professor of Criminal Law in the Department of Criminal and Procedural Law in the College of Law at the University of South Africa, a position she has held since 1997; served as Chair (Head) of the same department from January 2008 until July 2011 when she took up the position of Head: Graduate Studies of the college; currently teaches Media Law at fourth year LLB level and Criminal Law at Master’s level; a previous BCCSA member (2000-August 2008) and served as its Deputy Chair from August 2008 until June 2010.

Adv. Johannes Dibatsela Maabane

Advocate of the High Court and a member of the Johannesburg Society of Advocates; obtained an LLB from the University of Pretoria in 2000; an experienced legal practitioner currently working as Supervisor: Civil Litigation for Legal Aid South Africa in the Alexander Legal Aid Clinic; has more than 10 years’ experience of court work in civil and criminal litigation including public interest cases such as customarily law, eviction law and family law; continuously performs community service, is a frequent presenter of legal issues on various radio stations including in the Alexander Radio Station and in various community organisations; in December 2015 in Alexander as part of the “16 Days Against Women Abuse” he was invited by an NGO to educate them on any legal issue of his choice. Fluent in Venda, Tsonga, and Zulu and of his mother tongue, Pedi. He is also proficient in Setswana and has basic understanding of Afrikaans.

Mr Brian Makeketa (BCCSA Deputy Chairperson)


Commissioner of the BCCSA (2008 -), Masters Degree Specialising in Jurisprudence (cum laude), Post Graduate Certificates in Advance Media and Broadcasting Law.

 Mr Edwin Naidu

An experienced media and communications professional; worked for a number of publications in print and broadcast with e.tv Sunrise, contributing to radio stations, managing PR for At Vogue on behalf of National Geographic Channels; he enjoyed a term as an examiner on the Film & Publications Board; contributed to OPUS, a book on Nelson Mandela; currently a communications professional in the financial sector and also contributes as a special correspondent to Bloomberg BNA;  he has been to Oxford and the US on journalism fellowships, visiting media operations of the BBC, Reuters, NBC, among others.

 Mr. Tshidi Seane

BSc (Agric); BSc (Agric) (Hons) – Fort Hare; LLB – UCT; Admitted Attorney; A non-practising Attorney who whilst delivering value, rooted his skills and competencies in the following areas –
(a) Public Policy formulation, Drafting of national legislation, Regulation of industry sector;
(b) Leadership and management in Corporate governance, risk, acquisition and mergers, stakeholder management;  experience spans across a number of sectors including financial, ITC, FMCG and transport logistics.  Some of the roles held include – Acting Warden, Students Residence, UCT; Elections Officer, IEC – Mitchells Plein District, 1994 elections;Pres. Mandela appointment as Telcoms Regulator.

Dr Linda Venter


Commissioner of the BCCSA (2008-); D.Litt et Phil. (Communication); Work experience includes Public Relations – University of Johannesburg; Broadcasting Assistant – SABC’s Bureau in Washington DC (1983-1987); Senior Lecturer – University of Johannesburg (1988-2000); Ad Hoc Commissioner – Publications Appeal Board (1992-1997); Head: Department of Communication and Media Studies – Monash University (2001-2008); Independent Communication Consultant – various universities: curriculum development, supervision of post-graduate students, external examining (2008-present).  Author of numerous articles in accredited scientific journals and several chapters in books – mostly in the field of mass media and publications control.

Adv. Boitumelo Thlakung

An admitted advocate of the South Africa High Courts as of July 2003, after serving pupillage with Johannesburg Bar – Group 21; head hunted in June 2004 to join SARS Litigation Division as an in-house tax litigation counsel from June 2004; left SARS for the Nedbank Group in December 2008 to join the Nedbank Group’s Risk division and served as Group Tax Law Specialist; re-joined SARS LBC in 2011 in the Revenue Risk and Intelligence Division, in July 2011 as Tax Compliance Risk Specialist and is now an Intelligence Analysis Specialist for Global Banking Sector, she currently serves at ECSA Board and holds the role of a VC – Finance and Staff Committee Member.