Members of THE COMMISSION

Chairperson of the Commission
Judge Ian Gordon Farlam,
Retired judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal

Born 14-06-1939 in Cape Town South Africa

Previous Position(s):

  • Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal, 2001
  • Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal, December 1997 - November 2000
  • Judge, Cape of Good Hope Provincial Division, Cape Town, 1993
  • Member of the Cape Bar, 1968 - 1993
  • Senior Public Prosecutor, Magistrate's Court Port Elizabeth, 1962 - 1964
  • Public Prosecutor, Magistrate's Court Cape Town, 1961 - August 1962

Educational history:

  • University of Cape Town, BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • University of Cape Town, Bachelor of Laws, 1961

Activities & Memberships:

  • South African Law Journal, Member of the Editorial Board


Additional member
Adv Bantubonke Regent Tokota, SC

Joined the Pretoria Bar in 1996
Part time Lecturer Vista University and Gauteng Technikon till 1998
Member of the Pretoria Society of Advocates; January 1997 to date
Appointed by The President as a Senior counsel on 22 February 2006

Acting Capacities: 

  • Acted as a Judge in the Eastern Cape since March 2003 and thereafter on monthly basis till March 2011
  • Acted as a Judge Labour Court since March 2004 and occasionally thereafter till June 2011
  • Acted as a Judge in Transvaal Provincial Division since April 2005. and thereafter every year till July 2012


Additional member
Advocate Pingla Devi Hemraj, SC

Admitted as an Advocate in South Africa on 1 July 1980.
Admitted as an Advocate in Lesotho in July 1999.
Appointed Senior Counsel on 20 April 2000.
Called to the Bar at Grays Inn in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2002.

Experience:

  • Practice at the Bar in Durban.
  • Prosecuted for the Department of Justice in Scottburgh, Johannesburg and High Court in Durban
  • Prosecuted on brief from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
  • Acting Judge on various occasions from April 2000, in the High Courts of Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown.
  • Appointed Chairperson of the Taxi Tribunal by the Minister of Transport in KZN.
  • First Black woman to take silk in KZN and most senior woman at the Bar.


Commission Secretary
Adv. Phuti Setati

Currently employed with DoJ&CD as a Senior State Law adviser in the Office of the Chief State Law Adviser

Work Experience:

  • State Law Adviser for Western Cape Provincial Government
  • Committee of inquiry into the Underlying Causes of Instability and Conflict in the Minibus Taxi Industry in the Cape Town Metropolitan Area
  • Desai Commission of Inquiry

Academic Background:

  • LLM, LLB, B Proc