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Bongani Majola


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Mr. Bongani Majola holds an LLM degree from Harvard University in the United States of America and a number of other law degrees and diplomas from a South African University. He was appointed United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda effective 1st January 2013 for a term of four years. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Majola had served as the Deputy Chief Prosecutor of the ICTR, for almost ten years, from January 2003 to December 2012, where he provided support to the mandate of the Chief Prosecutor to prosecute suspects for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. During his tenure as Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Mr. Majola played a key role in the formulation of the strategy for the successful implementation of the mandate of the Prosecutor. He also played an important role in other projects of the ICTR, including the Completion Strategy, chairing the Advisory Committee to the Advisory Council of the ICTR, chairing the Budget Review Committee and interacting with diplomats and members of the ACABQ and the Fifth Committee and contributing to the formulation and implementation of downsizing mechanisms of the Tribunal.

Before joining the ICTR, Mr. Majola spent six years as the National Director of the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa, a public interest law firm that litigated public interest issues, including constitutional issues, on behalf of the poor. He also served as one of the legal advisors to the South African Constitutional Assembly when it drew up the current Constitution in 1995. His other previous experiences include being professor and dean of the Law Faculty at the University of Limpopo, South Africa, district court magistrate and public prosecutor.