Media Statement

19 July 2020

Minister Pandor congratulates Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng following her appointment to a UN role

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has congratulated Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng following her appointment to an important position at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Dr Mofokeng was appointed by consensus on 17 July 2020 as the UNHRC’ Special Rapporteur for the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Care.

Dr Mofokeng is a Commissioner at the Commission for Gender Equality. She worked as a medical director at the private practice DISA Clinic and as an independent medical consultant. She also worked as a senior medical officer at the Gauteng Department of Health.

She was previously an adviser to the Technical Committee for the National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Framework Strategy in South Africa. She has collaborated with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Envoy of the Secretary-General on Youth, the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on health-related human rights matters in South Africa.

The Consultative Group of the UNHRC, which made the appointment, noted Dr Mofokeng’s solid knowledge and expertise of the area of the mandate. It also noted her legal expertise, knowledge of the United Nations system and experience at regional level, ability to work with a variety of stakeholders, proven advocacy skills, commitment and expertise in gender equality.

Minister Pandor wished Dr Mofokeng well in her new position and offered South Africa’s support to her role as Special Rapporteur for the UNHRC.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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