Commissioner Mazibuko is a full time Commissioner, currently Acting Chairperson of the CGE and she sits on the Education and Research as well as the Good Governance Committee. She holds a number of qualifications which include the following; Diploma in Primary Education (Eshowe Teachers Training), Diploma in Conflict Resolution Diploma (Vista -UJ), Diploma in Project Management (Wits) and Advanced Educational training (UCLA)
As an educator, she has worked for the Department of Education for a period that spreads over three decades. She devoted her life to fiercely advocating for persons with albinism in South Africa and throughout the African continent. Inspired by the spirit of Africanism, she founded the Albinism Society of South Africa (ASSA) and the Pan African Albinism Alliance (PAAA).
Her advocacy has ensured the recognition of persons with albinism by the United Nations by declaring June 13 as International Albinism Day. Her passion for disability rights resulted in being appointed a member of the Presidential Working Committee, the National Disability Policy review panel as well as several boards and initiatives in support of social justice.
Her leadership experience varies from national to regional education, social development programmes to other leadership responsibilities in the public and civil society sector based programmes and practice with the focus on women, men, young women, girls and boys.
Commissioner Botha has worked for Sonke Gender Justice Network, Sharpeville Civic Association and the Red Cross amongst others.
Commissioner Botha is employed as a full time Commissioner at the CGE, where he oversees the IT and Communications Committee as Chairperson. He is also a member of the Finance Committee at the CGE. As a well-known figure in the gender sector, Commissioner Botha is passionate about the role of men in the eradication of gender inequalities and his track record in this regard speaks for itself.
Driven by his passion for gender equality and his quest to meaningfully contribute towards building a South Africa that has men who shoulder the responsibility of creating a safe and equal society for all, he persistently participates at various platforms that are geared to address societal ills like gender-based violence, toxic masculinity and other related subjects. He initiated movements geared to meet gender-related challenges, one of such being the South African Men’s Forum. As a Communicator, Commissioner Botha’s commentary appears in the weekly column in the Sowetan newspaper, i.e. “Gender Imbizo”. On a regular basis he makes commentary in both international and local media. Further to that, he has co-authored a few academic papers and often presents these at conferences on gender-related matters.
Commissioner Mothupi is a full time Commissioner at the CGE and she sits on the Human Resources, Good Governance and Strategic Planning Committees. She holds a Diploma in Public Relations and Business Communication from Damelin Business College, an Advanced Certificate in Governance and Public Leadership from the University of Witwatersrand, and a Certificate in Governance and Leadership from the University of South Africa. She was trained in Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Negotiation at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. She was also trained in Local Government Management for Councillors through the University of the Western Cape, Integrated Development Planning with internship at Arnhem in the Netherlands. Commissioner Mothupi was once part of the Gertrude Shope Peace and Mediation Network.
She is the founder of an NPO called Women of Virtue, an organisation that renders assistance for women from disadvantaged backgrounds. She served as a Board member of the Pelonomi Hospital from 1999 to 2001. From 1996 to 2000, she worked as a Councillor of the Botshabelo Transitional Local Council in which she became a member responsible for Sports, Arts and Culture and as a result of being a Councillor she got elected in the Free State Local Government Association as General Secretary. Through the latter occupation, Commissioner Mothupi represented the association in the Free State Provincial Local Government training authority and the PROVLOC, an intergovernmental relations coordinating committee. In her past endeavors she was elected as a member of the National Executive Committee of the South African Local Government Association and also served as Chairperson of the Working Group on Gender.
Ms. Octavia Lindiwe Ntuli-Tloubatla is a full time Commissioner at the Commission for Gender Equality, and sits in the Human Resources Committee and Research sub-committee. She is a graduate of the University of Limpopo, University of Pretoria, University of South Africa and Regenesys School of Public Management. She has extensive knowledge and experience in gender transformation and women empowerment. In her past endeavours, Commissioner Ntuli-Tloubatla worked for the Department of Education as a Gender and Transformation Manager. She has also worked as a Manager for Gender and Women Empowerment in the Office of the Premier in Mpumalanga, where she later became the Strategic Planner.
She has worked as a leader in the organised labour movement through SADTU, NEHAWU as well as COSATU, where she served as a Gender Chairperson and Provincial Treasurer. She developed several documents within the labour movement with special emphasis on Gender and Transformation.
She is the co- founder of the Mpumalanga Chapter of the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa and was part of the collective that saw the establishment of the South African Women’s Movement of South Africa, Mpumalanga Chapter. She is a visionary co- founder, and Chairperson of Mercy Re-Wrote Our Lives Cancer Foundation. She is in addition an Associate Member of the Anglican Church Girl Friendly Society (GFS) International. She is a performing poet and a published author; having written books that focus on gender, cancer management and transformation.
Commissioner Ngoma-Diseko is a full time Commissioner at the CGE and she sits on the Finance and Fundraising, Legal and Complaints, Human Resources and Good Governance Committees of the CGE. She holds a BA (UNISA), Master of Education (Wits), Master of Public Administration (University of Pretoria), a Higher Education Diploma (UNISA), a Higher Diploma for the Educators of Adults (Wits) and a Senior Executive Programme certificate (Harvard/Wits).
She is a teacher by profession, and her interest in education evolved from school to adult education with an interest in learning for transformation and empowerment. This passion evolved over many years of activism in the struggle for liberation, as a teacher, a community worker and an organiser for the Federation of Transvaal Women (FEDTRAW).
She has worked with women in several communities, trade unions and the church. Her work involved organising and coordinating women’s development projects like early childhood development, income generation and women’s health focusing on cervical cancer. Following the democratic elections, Commissioner Ngoma-Diseko worked as a civil servant since 1996 as one of the first senior managers employed in the first Department of Public Service and Administration to drive the rationalization and creation of a single public service. During her tenure as a public servant, she served as Chief Director for Conditions of Service and Chief Director for Human Resource Development and finally as Deputy Director General for Corporate Services. Her experience in this regard involved legislative reform, policy making, training and education for the new public service.
Mx. Deyi is a part time Commissioner at the CGE and they sit on the Legal and Complaints Committee. Apart from their work at the CGE, they are also a faculty member of the Department of Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria. They hold an LLB (Nelson Mandela University), LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation (University of Pretoria), MA in Gender and Law (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).
They have worked with and undertaken research and consultancy work within the South African legal NGO sector focusing on equality and non-discrimination in general as well as gender in/equality specifically. Previously they worked as legal researcher for Justice Edwin Cameron and Justice Nonkosi Zoliswa Mhlantla at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
NGOs they have worked with/for include Gender DynamiX, the Legal Resources Centre, the Women’s Legal Centre Trust, the ISLA (Institute for Strategic Litigation in Africa). They have also worked on notable cases concerning the rights of transgender and Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual persons including the Tanzania 13 Case (Tanzania), KOS and Others v Minister of Home Affairs and Others (South Africa).