Deputy Minister, Ms Fatima Chohan
Fatima Chohan, having had a distinguished career as a Member of Parliament, was appointed by President Jacob Zuma as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs on 1 November 2010.
As a Member of Parliament since 1996 when she was appointed as a back-bencher, Deputy Minister Chohan has chaired various ad hoc committees as well as the Portfolio Committees on Justice and Constitutional Development, Public Enterprises and Basic Education in the National Assembly.
She has also chaired the following In House Committees – Joint Ad-Hoc Committee on Oversight and Accountability as well as the Joint Task Team on Legislative Procedure.
Deputy Minister Chohan also served as a member of the Judicial Services Commission for five years, from 2009 to 2014. She was a former member of the Magistrates Commission and had previously convened the Western Cape Appointments Committee for five years from 2004 to 2009.
She is currently the Deputy Chairperson of the Robert Waterwich Thornhill Branch of the ANC in the Dulla Omar region.
Prior to being appointed as a Member of Parliament, Deputy Minister Chohan held the following positions: Legal Advisor in the Office of the Premier (Gauteng), Legal Advisor in the Gauteng Legislature, and Deputy Head of the Metro Legal Services in the Greater Johannesburg.
Deputy Minister Chohan served as an alternate representative of the Transvaal Indian Congress (TIC) at CODESA and was part of the provincial task team responsible for inducting the first batch of newly elected ANC councillors in the early 1990s.
Beginning her activist career while still a student, Deputy Minister Chohan, while at WITS, was elected to the Executive Committee of the Muslim Students Society while also being a member of the Black Student Society
With a BProc from the University of Witwatersrand (WITS), Deputy Minister Chohan was admitted to the Side Bar in 1998.