SAHA Staff

An insight into the SAHA team

The current team is made up of six core staff members and three interns, who between them hold various degrees and diplomas in disciplines including law, library and information studies, international relations, history, museum & heritage studies, political science, economics, tax and accounting. The team speaks nine of South Africa's official languages among them, with some also conversant in Japanese, German and Shona. The team has between them, spent time working in several countries including England, Japan and Canada and among them they have travelled to a total of 35 countries.


The SAHA team





Toerien van Wyk, Co-Director, FOIP Coordinator

Toerien joined SAHA in 2014 after having worked as a research associate in the office of the CEO and COO of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and later as a legal consultant to the Gauteng provincial office of the SAHRC. She is an admitted attorney with an LLB degree from the University of South Africa who has experience in many facets of human rights law. Toerien started her legal career at Dreyer and Dreyer Attorneys where she completed her articles. Toerien has also previously worked as a lecturer, teaching various legal courses at Varsity College and Damelin.




Dr Geraldine Frieslaar, Co-Director, SFJP Coordinator

Geraldine holds a PhD in History, M.A degree (cum laude) in Public and Visual History, Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of the Western Cape, (UWC), and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations from the University of Stellenbosch. Geraldine started work as a teacher in Japan, before moving to the Holocaust Centre in Cape Town as an education assistant, then to the District Six Museum as a researcher and subsequently to the UWC-Robben Island Museum Mayibuye Archives, where she worked as an archivist and completed her doctoral dissertation on the International Defence and Aid Fund archival collection housed at the Mayibuye Archives. Her research and professional interests are the cultivation of critical citizenship and advocacy for social justice through archival activism. 


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Khuselwa Ntshikose, Support Services Officer

Khuselwa Ntshikose joined SAHA as a Support Services Intern in 2016.  She holds a BCom Accounting Degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and her professional interest focus on financial advisory services with the purpose of contributing to civil society in the areas of finance and administration.



Selasi Akrong, Support Services Intern

Selasi joined the Support Services team in February 2017. She graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Commerce specialising in Law. She is passionate about advocacy as it pertains to labour laws. Through SAHA she hopes to navigate the civil society industry.



Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP)




 Imraan Abdullah, FOIP Research Officer

Imraan Abdullah, FOIP Research Officer

Imraan joined the FOIP at the beginning of February 2016 as a research officer. He is an admitted attorney and is also enrolled in the LLM (Human Rights) program with the University of Johannesburg and is currently in the second year of the two-year program. He has also obtained an LLB as well as a BA (International Relations and Law) degree from the University of Witwatersrand. He is passionate about social justice and has volunteered for a number of organisations in the past.

Nonhlanhla Khumalo, FOIP Intern

Nonhlanhla joins SAHA as FOIP Intern for the March 2017 intake. She is currently enrolled with the University of Johannesburg in the LLM- Human Rights Law programme and is in the second year of the LLM programme. She believes that this opportunity will help her grow into an aspiring legal professional and will also enable her to make contributions to the civil society in matters relating to social justice and public interest law.


Struggles for Justice (SFJ) Programme



 Nonhlanhla Ngwenya, Archival Assistant


Nonhlanhla Ngwenya, Archival Assistant

Nonhlanhla Ngwenya is the Archival Assistant of SAHA’s Struggle for Justice Programme (SFJP), she joined SAHA in 2010 as a community intern for the Entering Tembisa Oral and Photographic History Project.


Inez McGregor

Inez McGregor, Archival Assistant (RTT Project)

Inez completed her studies at the University of Cape Town in 2015. She has a PgDip in Library and Information Studies preceded by Honours in Historical Studies, and a BA in Economics, Classical Studies and Economic History. She is passionate about history and the role of archives in contributing to South Africa’s heritage and historical narratives. She joined SAHA as an intern in January 2016. 



Kerry-Lee Clark, SFJP Intern

Kerry is a University of the Witswatersrand graduate with a background in History, History of Art, and Archaeology. Through her internship at SAHA, Kerry is pursuing her interest in the protection of and access to the past. 


Consultants / Contractors 



         Nozipho Mahlangu - Consulting Bookkeeper





         Mumsy Malinga - Facilitator (History education







  Michelle Friedman - Facilitator (History education workshops)



         Vaughn Sadie - Consultant (Exhibitions)






Frances Andrew - Consultant (Struggle t-shirt project)


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Contact Details
Tel: +27 (0) 11 718 2560
Fax: +27 (0) 865 001 600
Postal Address
Box 31719
Visiting SAHA?
SAHA is based at Constitution Hill, within the Nursery Section of the former Women's Jail, on 1 Kotze Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.