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By Faizel Patel

Senior Digital Journalist

SA Human Rights Commission Gauteng head Buang Jones bow out

Buang Jones has recommended Victor Mavhidula, the current provincial head of Limpopo, to succeed him.

SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Gauteng head, Buang Jones, has recommended Victor Mavhidula the current provincial head of Limpopo to take over from him when he bows out from the organisation.

Jones has resigned after serving the commission for more than 11 years.

The 37-year-old attorney from Bloemfontein joined the commission as a legal officer in December 2010, and rose through the ranks.

Jones told the Citizen, while the position he leaves vacant will be advertised and internal candidates will be invited to apply, Mavhidula may be the right person for the job.

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“I would recommend that he takes over from me as he has done quite a lot of good work in Limpopo, he’s done a lot of work advancing human rights.”

Jones says he has fulfilled his mission at the SAHRC.

“As the saying goes, a good dancer knows when to leave the stage. I rose through the ranks, I started as a legal officer and now I’m currently the provincial head. So, I think I’ve accomplished all I set out to achieve at the South African Human Rights Commission and over the year we’ve been able to amplify our awareness about human rights.”

Jones says the SAHRC was able to conduct high impact work which resulted in findings which are currently being implemented by government and other state respondents.

Jones was the legal representative for the commission in the Angelo Agrizzi, Eben Etzebeth and Adam Catzavelos racism cases and chaired high-profile public hearings at Unisa and inquiries, including an inquiry into Vaal River pollution.

He was also an evidence leader in the July 2021 unrest hearing and the inquiry into racial discrimination or discrimination in advertising.

Jones leaves the commission to focus on his legal practice, which he says will open on 1 September.

“I will not be lost to human rights work as I will still be doing a lot of public interest cases. I’ll also be doing a lot of consultancy work on human rights, sustainability and due diligence. So, I’ll be working closely with businesses, government, with communities and other stakeholders in continuing to champion human rights.”

Jones is expected to leave the SAHRC at the end of August.

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