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Personal details
Sisi Khampepe was born on 8 January 1957 in Soweto, Gauteng Province, South Africa. She is married with two children.

Education
She obtained her B Proc from the University of Zululand in 1980. She obtained her LLM degree at Harvard Law School, Massachusetts, USA in 1982.

Professional history
She began her legal career as a legal advisor in the Industrial Aid Society, where she did vacation employment from 1979 - 1980. Here she was exposed to the dishonourable employment conditions of Black workers. Between the years 1981 and 1983, she served as a fellow in the Legal Resources Centre.

In 1983 she joined Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys as a Candidate Attorney. After being admitted as an attorney in 1985, she established her own law firm, practicing under the name SV Khampepe Attorneys. Her law firm was especially renowned for defending the rights of workers against unjust laws and unfair employment practices. She also represented other human rights bodies such as hawkers, civic and black consumer union.

Her law firm was one of the few Black labour law firms in the country. She represented unions affiliated to both Nactu and Cosatu. She was the national legal advisor of SACAWU. She was the administrator of union funds in FIET and ICFTU.

In 1995 she was appointed by former President Mandela as a TRC Commissioner and in the following year she was a member of the TRC’s Amnesty Committee. She was then employed by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development as Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, a post she held from September 1998 to December 1999.

In December 2000, she was appointed as a Judge in the High Court (TPD). In the Labour Appeals Court in November 2007.

In the period April 2005 – February 2006, she was appointed by former President Mbeki to chair the Commission of Enquiry into the mandate and location of the Directorate of Special Operation (the Khampepe Commission).

In 2004, was appointed by former President Mbeki to oversee the elections in Zimbabwe.

In February 2006, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Hert Hon Donald C McKinnon, seconded her as a member of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Uganda.

She was Vice Chairperson of the National Council of Correctional Services since 2005 to April 2010.

In October 2009 she was appointed as a Judge to the Constitutional Court.

Other activities
Justice Khampepe has been involved in various legal and community organizations.

Legal organizations:
1981 – 1983: International Law Society, Harvard Law School
1985 – 2000: The Law Society of the TVL (Northern Province)
1985 – Date: Member of the Black Lawyers Association
1987 : Association of Law Societies Community Organizations:
1978 – 1988: Facilitator of the Street Committee, Soweto
1983 – 1986: Selection Committee Member of South African Legal Education Programme
1985 – 1986: Legal Advisor of National Black Consumer Union
1985 – 1986: Legal Advisor of Sechaba Sizwe Agricultural Cooperative
1988 – 1989: Legal Advisor of African Council of Hawkers and Informal Business
1988 – 1999: Vice Chairperson of Women’s Desk on Children and Woman Abuse
1988: Legal Advisor of the Orlando Pirates Football Club
1990 – 1995: Trade Unions’ Fund Administrator of Federation International Des Employes
1993 – 1996: Vice Chairperson of the Mediation and Conciliation Centre
1993 – 1999: Executive Committee Member of Lesego women’s club
1993: Trustee of SACCAWU Investment Trust 1994: Employment Advisory Centre
1994: J G Strydom (Helen Joseph) Hospital Board of Governors
1994: Selection Committee Member of Public Service Commission
2006: Donor to the Sparrow Rainbow Village (AIDS Hospice)

Community Organizations:
1978 – 1988: Facilitator of the Street Committee, Soweto
1988 – 1999: Vice Chairperson of Women’s Desk on Children and Woman Abuse
1990 – 1995: Trade Unions’ Fund Administrator of Federation International Des Employes
1993 – 1999:  Executive Committee Member of Lesego women’s club
1993: Trustee of SACCAWU Investment Trust                           
1994:  Employment Advisory Centre
1994: J G Strydom (Helen Joseph) Hospital Board of Governors
1994: Selection Committee Member of Public Service Commission
2006: Donor to the Sparrow Rainbow Village (AIDS Hospice

 
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