Janet Love

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Janet Love "has been an anti-apartheid activist since 1974 and was involved in the Trade Union movement and the African National Congress prior to and during the 10 years she spent in exile and, thereafter, in the four years she worked clandestinely inside South Africa as a member of the ANC Underground.

"From 1991 to 1994, Janet was involved in negotiations for a settlement in South Africa from the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA), through the Multi-Party Process to the establishment of the Transitional Executive Council (TEC). Becoming a Member of Parliament in 1994, she served as Chairperson of the National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Water Affairs and Forestry and of the National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Water Affairs and Forestry, following April 1999 elections. She was involved in the negotiation and drafting of the final Constitution of South Africa and was a member of the 22-person Constitutional Committee of the Constitutional Assembly, the body responsible for steering of the constitution-making process. She left Parliament to take up the position of Special Advisor to the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry.

"Janet has post-graduate qualifications from universities in Johannesburg and London in public administration, development management and economics. She worked in the South African Reserve Bank for five years as head of strategic analysis and support in the currency department.

"She took up her current position as National Director of the Legal Resources Centre in January 2006. In this capacity she is responsible for the overall management of this public interest, human rights law clinic employing up to 65 members of staff in four offices around the country. She is actively engaged in networking activities inside South Africa and abroad in the interests of achieving the human rights mission of the LRC.

"In October 2009, Janet was appointed as one of the Commissioners of the South African Human Rights Commission." [1]

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  1. Director, Legal Resources Centre, accessed February 25, 2010.