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Advocate Faith Dikeledi Pansy Tlakula popularly known as Pansy Tlakula is the Chairperson of the Information Regulator of South Africa. She was born in Mafikeng and got married at Waterval township, Elim in Limpopo. Her husband's family, the Tlakulas, are a powerful ruling class at Elim. They own Elim Mall and the surrounding lands at Elim CBD. Hakamela Tlakula, the grandfather of Advocate Tlakula's husband, is the brain behind the establishment of Elim Hospital and was a leading figure of the Swiss Mission Church at Elim.

Faith Dikeledi Pansy Tlakula
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Pansy Tlakula in 2017
Chair of the Independent Electoral Commission
In office
11 May 2009 – 2 September 2014
Succeeded byVuma Mashinini
Personal details
Born (1957-12-18) 18 December 1957 (age 61)
Alma materUniversity of Limpopo (B.A.)
Harvard University (Masters)


Tlakula was born on 18 December 1957. She studied law at the University of the Witwatersrand before completing her masters at Harvard.[1] She has a master in law and has headed different influential positions.[2]

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ RightsEdit

Tlakula was appointed in 2005 as member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACmHPR). She served the ACmHPR for 12 years, until November 2017. She held the mandates of Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Chairperson of the Working Group no Specific Issues related to the work of the African Commission, and, between 2015 and 2017, she served as Chairperson of the ACmHPR.


  1. ^ Pansy Tlakula, Who's Who SA, retrieved 17 September 2014
  2. ^ Pansy Tlakula, SAHistory, retrieved 17 September 2014