Law. Psychology.

In the course of her professional career, Zonke Majodina has been involved in academic, clinical, research, humanitarian, and human rights work in South Africa and internationally. She initially obtained a B.Sc (Hons) degree from the University of South Africa, and followed this with an M.Phil degree from the University of London. She spent a number of years in Ghana, her country of exile, lecturing and working as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Ghana Medical School. Before returning to South Africa she spent time as a Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Cape Town. Following a brief spell at the Public Service Commission of South Africa, Zonke Majodina was invited to develop a Master’s level Programme in Forced Migration Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. This programme has grown to be one of the best of its kind in Africa and has been renamed the African Centre for Migration Studies. At the end of her contract with the University, Zonke Majodina was elected to serve as a Commissioner with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). Initially, she was tasked with extending the scope of human rights protection in South Africa to refugees, asylum seekers and other categories of migrants. In her second term at the SAHRC her portfolio was extended to include promotion, protection and monitoring of the Right to Equality across the board, from civil, political to socioeconomic, cultural and environmental rights. Before leaving the SAHRC, Zonke Majodina was elected to serve as an expert member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC). In addition to attending three yearly meetings of the UNHRC in Geneva, she was frequently invited by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to numerous international events, conferences, meetings and workshops. In the two years she served as Chairperson of the UNHRC, she represented the Human Rights Committee in meetings of Chairpersons of Treaty Bodies of the UN and on other UN platforms. She is a member of a number of professional associations, both national and international, mainly related to human rights, humanitarian affairs, refugees, applied psychology and public sector management. She has published and presented many papers, ranging in subject matter from clinical psychology, to effects of war, violence, exile, public service, refugee issues, forced displacement and human rights. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, University of the Witwatersrand and also serves as Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Human Rights Institute of South Africa.