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Staff

Leanne Govindsamy

Leanne Govindsamy

Programme Head: Corporate Accountability and Transparency

Leanne holds an LLB from the Wits University and an LLM in International Human Rights Law summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. She served as a law clerk in the Constitutional Court to Justice Tholakele Madala and worked briefly at legal NGOs in India, which reinforced her commitment to the attainment of social justice and the protection of human rights through judicial and non-judicial mechanisms of accountability. She completed her articles at the law firm Cheadle Thompson and Haysom, where she continued to work as an associate before joining Corruption Watch as Head of Legal and Investigations in 2014. She serves on the Board of the Starfish Greathearts Foundation and is currently enrolled for an MA in Anthropology at Wits University. Leanne joined the Centre in October 2018 and manages its Corporate Accountability and Transparency programme.

Melissa Fourie

Melissa Fourie

Executive Director

Wandisa Phama

Wandisa Phama

Deputy Director

Sibo Buyangane

Sibo Buyangane

Activist Support and Training Project Administrator

Leanne Govindsamy

Leanne Govindsamy

Programme Head: Corporate Accountability and Transparency

Thobeka Gumede

Thobeka Gumede

Attorney

Daiyaan Halim

Daiyaan Halim

Legal Researcher: Corporate Accountability and Transparency

Catherine Horsfield

Catherine Horsfield

Programme Head: Mining

Robyn Hugo

Robyn Hugo

Programme Head: Pollution & Climate Change

Matome Kapa

Matome Kapa

Attorney

Michelle Koyama

Michelle Koyama

Attorney

Noriza Lamani

Noriza Lamani

Cleaning Assistant

Lerato Letebele-Balendran

Lerato Letebele-Balendran

Head of Communications

Tim Lloyd

Tim Lloyd

Attorney

Nicole Loser

Nicole Loser

Attorney

Agnes Ludada

Agnes Ludada

Cleaning Assistant

Danjelle Midgley

Danjelle Midgley

Environmental Law Specialist

Tatenda Muponde

Tatenda Muponde

Candidate Attorney

Ruchir Naidoo

Ruchir Naidoo

Attorney

Vuyisile Ncube

Vuyisile Ncube

Candidate Attorney

Alice Nqoko

Alice Nqoko

Senior Administrator

Zahra Omar

Zahra Omar

Attorney

Suzanne Powell

Suzanne Powell

Attorney

Fadia Samuels

Fadia Samuels

Receptionist and Assistant Events Coordinator

Contact Us

  • Cape Town

    Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925 - View Map
  • Johannesburg

    First Floor, DJ du Plessis Building, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein, 2001 - View Map

Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

Report a Violation

0800 205 005

Contact the National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours) or one of the national and provincial hotlines.