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Adv Thoko Majokweni

South Africa
Ambassador to Swaziland
A renowned but humble innovator, and now Ambassador of South Africa, Thoko's bio had to come from a keynote speech about her:

Keynote Address by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Hon JH Jeffery, MP, at the farewell function of Adv Thoko Majokweni-Sipamla, held in Waterkloof, 6 April 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, friends
Thank you for the honour to be here and to be able to say a few words of farewell to a remarkable person.
Thoko Majokweni has dedicated her life to the pursuit of justice.
She completed her B Juris Degree in 1985 at the University of Transkei as well as her LLB Degree in February of 1987.
She was a magistrate, then a State Advocate from 1987 to 1993, then a Senior State Advocate from 1993 to 1996. She became Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in 1996 and was the first African female to be appointed to this position.
She was then appointed by the President as the first female Special Director of Public Prosecutions in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions in 1999.
She was specifically tasked to set up and head a unit that would specialise in dealing with gender-based violence, sexual and other offences, known as the Sexual Offences and Community Affairs (SOCA) Unit.
Over the years, she was at the forefront of setting up Sexual Offences Courts, the institutionalisation of prosecutor-led investigations in cases of gender-based violence and violence against children as well as the coordination of services for an efficient and responsive criminal justice system.
Under her able leadership, the SOCA Unit developed and introduced the Thuthuzela Care Centre-model as an integrated multi-disciplinary model, which is victim centred, with prosecutor-guided investigations, is court directed and involves stakeholder cooperation.
The goal of the model is to minimize secondary victimization, to reduce the cycle period from reporting until the case is finalised and to improve conviction rates in respect of these cases.
She has led the design and development of the TCCs, of which we currently have 55 across the country.
Since these centres were established, the process of reporting and prosecuting sexual offences has improved remarkably.
Secondary trauma to victims of sexual offences has also been reduced significantly.
In 2011, the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, recognized the Thuthuzela model as a world best practice model in the field of gender based violence management and response.
Under her leadership, the SOCA Unit facilitated the development of several training manuals and programmes in relation to, amongst others, sexual offences, child justice, domestic violence, maintenance and trafficking in persons.
She has championed, developed and trained a corps of prosecutors, not only in our country, but also on the continent – and here we think of her involvement in the African Prosecutors Association – who are able to meet the highest standards in the administration of criminal justice.
She has won numerous prestigious awards for the efficient management of sexual offences in the Thuthuzela Model, such as the Impumelelo Gold Award for service delivery innovation and the Standard Bank CPSI Award.
These awards bear testimony to the pioneering work that she has successfully undertaken as an ambassador for innovation in the public service.
Thoko really has been at the forefront of innovation and leadership in the area of criminal justice.

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