Associate Fellow Vusi Madonsela
Mr Vusi Madonsela is an Attorney at Law (Solicitor) of the High Court of South Africa.
He is currently Director-General of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of the Government of South Africa [since May 2016] - a lead department on the implementation of the South Africa’s Bill of Rights and various international human rights instruments, including the International Covenant on Social, economic and cultural rights.
Previously, he served for more than nine years as the Director-General of the Department of Social Development [till September 2012] working on Comprehensive Social Security, Integrated Community Development and Social Welfare Services
Subsequently, he served as Director-General of the Department of Cooperative Governance [till April 2016] focusing, among other things, on leadership in municipal governance, Integrated Urban Development, Local Economic Development as well as the provision of basic services such as water and sanitation, electricity, including free basic services for the poor households.
He has vast international experience in the fields of law and social policy. He has served a member of the Bureau of the International Social Society Association (ISSA) [2005 to 2010] and Chaired a Project on Social Security in BRICS Countries. He has also actively participated in both formal and informal multi-lateral engagements in the UN Commission for Social Development (2003 to 2012) and served as South Africa's contact person for the Millennium Development Goals (2010 to 2012) and discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals.