On Wednesday, 17 November 2021, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services is scheduled to interview shortlisted candidates for four vacancies at the Information Regulator, South Africa’s data protection authority.
The Information Regulator is mandated to monitor compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPIA). Section 41 of POPIA provides that the Information Regulator is made up of five members: a chairperson, two full-time ordinary members, and two part-time ordinary members.
Parliament is seeking to fill four upcoming vacancies at the Information Regulator: the roles of chairperson, both two full-time members, and one part-time member. These roles are set to become vacant on 1 December 2021.
On Thursday, 11 November 2021, the Justice Committee shortlisted eight candidates, including three incumbent members. A meeting report by the Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) notes these as:
- Ms Anchal Baniparsadh (CV)
- Mr Mfana Gwala (CV)
- Mr Ezra Pillay (CV)
- Adv Lebogang Stroom-Nzama (incumbent) (CV)
- Dr Sebolawe Tladi (CV)
- Adv Pansy Tlakula (incumbent) (CV)
- Prof Jacobus Van Rooyen (CV)
- Adv Johannes Collen Weapond (incumbent) (CV)
As at 16 November 2021, the Justice Committee is scheduled to interview the Information Regulator candidates via virtual hearings, from 09:00 to 18:00 on Wednesday, 17 November 2021.
- The video livestream of the hearings is available on Parliament’s YouTube channel here.
- Access Parliament’s latest committee schedule here.
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