Towards a Safer Khayelitsha

The Report of the Commission of Inquiry
into Allegations of Police Inefficiency and
a Breakdown in Relations between SAPS
and the Community in Khayelitsha
Click here to view the Final Report August 2014

All the documents that formed part of the Commission’s deliberations are now on the website under the ‘Bundles’ menu.

Inspection in Loco Conducted on 21 and 22 January 2014

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Kate O'Regan

kate new 01Kate O’Regan was born in Liverpool, England and grew up in Cape Town. She holds B.A. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Cape Town as well as an LL.M. from the University of Sydney and a Ph.D. from the University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science).  She has also been awarded four honorary doctorates (KZN, UCT, London School of Economics and Political Science and UNISA).

From 1994 – 2009, Kate O’Regan served as one of the first judges of the South African Constitutional Court.  The maximum term of office of judges on the Constitutional Court is fifteen years.

She is an honorary professor at the University of Cape Town, a visiting professor at the University of Oxford and has recently spent some months as a Hauser Global Visiting Professor at NYU.

She is an honorary bencher of Lincoln’s Inn (2007) and an elected honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009).  

Since 1997, she has been an honorary consulting editor of the South African Law Reports and serves on the editorial board of many South African legal publications. Since 2005, she has been closely involved with the establishment of the South African Legal Information Institute, a web-based law reporting system that reports judgments from fifteen southern and eastern African jurisdictions that is based on the principle of free access to law (  

She also serves in different capacities on the boards of several non-governmental organisations in the field of human rights, constitutionalism and the rule of law, including Corruption Watch, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Equal Rights Trust.  She is also a member of the Board of the Open Society Foundation (South Africa).

From 2008 - 2012, Judge O’Regan served as the inaugural chairperson of the United Nations Internal Justice Council, a body established to help ensure the independence, professionalism and accountability of the new system of internal justice within the United Nations. Since 2010, she has served as member of the International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal and as its President since 2011. Since 2012, she has served as a member of the Sanctions Board of the World Bank. Since 2010, as well, she has served as an ad hoc judge of the Namibian Supreme Court.

Judge O’Regan is married to a senior advocate and they have two children.