Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training

The Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (The Fees Commission) was established in terms of section 84(2)(f) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. The Honourable Justice Jonathan Arthur HEHER was appointed as the chairperson, and Advocate Gregory ALLY and Ms Leah Thabisile KHUMALO, an attorney, as members of the Commission.

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Adv AllyHEHER, Jonathan Arthur

Born: Cape Town, 16 June 1943
Married to Lorna 1967, two children

BA LLB (Natal) 1964
State prosecutor 1965 - 1966
Legal Adviser, Johannesburg City Council 1967 - 1969
Part-time lecturer University of Witwatersrand 1967 - 1979 (Planning Law)
Advocate, Johannesburg Bar 1969 - 1993
Senior counsel 1985
Judge, Witwatersrand Local Division 1993 - 2001
Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal 2002 - 2013
Extensive commercial, local authority and land practice at the Bar.
Written significant judgements on subjects that include income tax, property, commercial fraud, companies, expropriation, human rights.
Practised as an arbitrator throughout South Africa since June 2013 in commercial and construction disputes.

Adv AllyKHUMALO, Leah Thabisile, B JURIS, LLB (UDW)

Leah obtained her B Juris and LLB from the UKZN PREVIOSLY University of Durban Westville. She also attained certificates in Project Management and Professional Legal Training.

While studying at the University of Durban Westville, she worked part-time as a Consultant at  Ernst & Young, Dept of Education / Forensic Investigation Project. Leah was employed by the University of Durban Westville, Quality Assurance Department as a Student Assistant and later joined the University’s Upward Bound Project as a Project Manager / Personal Assistant to the Director.

She joined Woodhead Bigby & Irving Inc. as a Candidate Attorney. Upon her admission as an attorney, Leah practiced as an Associate at Woodhead Bigby & Irving Inc. and gained vast experience in, inter alia, corporate, commercial , maritime, insurance, litigation and business management.

Leah  was a member of the KZN Department of Transport Licensing Board which she subsequently chaired.. Leah was also part of a team of multi skilled professionals  appointed by the KwaZulu-Natal Treasury to review the PFMA. She has Acted as a Chair of the Board of Sentech and a Chair of the Audit Committee of SASSA. She Chairs the Appeals Board of SAFA, she Chairs the Risk Committee and she is the founder and Managing Director of MMK attorneys Inc.

Leah is a Deputy President of South African Women Lawyers, she is also a member of Maritime Lawyers Association (MLA), Women in Shipping and Trade Associations (WISTA), Black Lawyers Association (BLA), Business Women Association (BWA) and Black Management Forum (BMF).

Adv AllyALLY, Gregory

Advocate of the High Court of South Africa - 1989
- Teacher at St Thomas High School, Port Elizabeth
- Practiced at the Port Elizabeth Bar
- Served as Legal Advisor at Gauteng Department of Education
- Practising Advocate at Johannesburg Bar