Prof Thandabantu Nhlapo
Prof Thandabantu Nhlapo was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town for ten years, where he had also served as Professor and Head of the Department of Private Law. Prof Nhlapo was a full-time Commissioner on the South African Law Reform Commission, where he was responsible for the development of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, passed by Parliament in 1998. He has also served on the Executive Councils of the International Society of Family Law and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law. By presidential appointment, Nhlapo was Chair of the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims (“Nhlapo Commission”). He holds a BA (Law) degree from the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, an LL.B (Hons) from the University of Glasgow, and a DPhil in Family Laws from Oxford University. Nhlapo was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Glasgow in 2012.