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Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

In 1995 Desmond Tutu was selected by then President Nelson Mandela to chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, presenting the Commission’s final report to President Thabo Mbeki in 2003. In 2007, Tutu was named a member of The Elders, a group of elder statesmen from around the world working to solve global problems and in 2012 he was awarded $1 million by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for “his lifelong commitment to speaking truth to power.”

GFSA founder Professor Emeritus Bishop Peter Storey

Peter Storey is former president of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, past president of the South African Council of Churches, and was Methodist Bishop of the Johannesburg/Soweto area for 13 years. In the 1980s he became a national leader in the church struggle against apartheid and co-led an ecumenical delegation to the United Nations, the U.S. Congress and Europe, urging intensified pressure on the apartheid regime in 1984. Committed to non-violence and reconciliation, Peter Storey was a founder of the Methodist Order of Peacemakers and Gun Free South Africa. He co-chaired the regional Peace Accord structures intervening in political violence before South Africa’s first democratic elections and was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to help select the nation’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Human Rights Commissioner Pregs Govender

Pregs Govender is a writer, educator, and the author of Love and Courage, A Story of Insubordination. During SA’s transition, she managed the Women’s National Coalition campaign for equality and women’s rights in the Constitution and future SA. As an ANC MP from 1994 she chaired Parliament’s committee on women. In 2002, she resigned after registering opposition to the arms deal in the defence budget vote and chairing HIV/AIDS public hearings (breaking the silence of the ANC Caucus on treatment). In 2009 Parliament unanimously elected her to the South African Human Rights Commission which she served as Deputy Chair until 2015.

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