Adv. Mohamed Shafie Ameermia was appointed as the National Director at ProBono.Org in September 2023. He is a human rights activist with a long and distinguished career advocating for the indigent, poor and vulnerable communities within the Republic of South Africa as well as internationally.
He served in various senior executive managerial capacities as a legal advisor to the Limpopo Provincial Government on legal and socioeconomic rights on land, housing, education, water and sanitation and on the right to education, social justice and transformation. In 2014, he was appointed by the President of the Republic of South Africa as national Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for a period of seven years, where his national mandates included access to justice, the right to housing, water and sanitation and business and human rights.
He is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of the Republic of South Africa and holds Bachelor of” “Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees (BA LLB), from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Constitutional Law and
Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms from the University of Pretoria.
In 2017 he received the Robert G. Storey International Leadership Award from the Center for American and International Law in Dallas Texas, USA in recognition of his human rights contributions as national Commissioner on the South African Human Rights Commission. (see http:// youtube/oVTitqBAWql).
“The road to Constitutionalism is not easy. Sometimes it is fraught with thorns, and at other times laurels. However, what is important is for all of us to put our shoulder to the wheel to ensure that the Constitution takes us to the promised land where everyone will be free from want, lack and deprivation.”
Mohamed Shafie Ameermia
After his term of office ended at the South African Human Rights Commission, he was appointed, in February 2022, as a Consultant at the Center for Applied Studies (CALS) at the Olive Schreiner School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand. In September 2022 he was awarded the Robert and Rene Glidden Professorship Scholarship where he was invited to share his human rights experiences at Ohio University in Athens Ohio, USA.”