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The Trustees of the Legal Assistance Trust (LAT) oversee the work of the Legal Assistance Centre. Most of the trustees have served on the LAT for several years. It is comprised of:

  • Clement Daniels - Chairperson of the Legal Assistance Trust (bio)
  • Tangeni Amupadhi - Jounalist
  • Esi Schimming-Chase - Advocate
  • Norman Tjombe -Legal Practitioner (bio)
  • Toni Hancox -Ex-officio Trustee (bio)
  • Taamba Iithete - MD of BlackTurnkey Development and Project Managers
  • Dantago Garosas - HR Manager at the Namibian


Mr. Clement Daniels
Mr. Daniels served as the director from 2000 until May 2004 when he stepped down as director. He was immediately appointed as Trustee to the Board of the Legal Assistance Trust in May 2004. He joined the organization in 1988 as a paralegal and in 1991 temporarily left the LAC to complete his post-graduate studies at the University of Western Cape. He returned to the LAC in 1993 for his articles and was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1996. He focused primarily on human rights and labour cases while practicing at the LAC. Due to his interest in management and his leadership skills he was appointed as Director of the LAC with effect from 1 January 2000. After Clement stepped down as the director of the LAC, he opened his own law firm specializing in labour law, but was later appointed as a Magistrate for the labour courts.

Mr. Norman Tjombe
Mr Tjombe is the current Director of the LAC. He was appointed in June 2004. Before then, Norman was the Coordinator and lawyer for the LAC's Land, Environment and Development Project (LEAD). Norman studied law at the University of the Western Cape with an LAC Scholarship, and used to work as a student volunteer at the LAC during university holidays. He completed his law studies in November 1996 when he graduated with B.Juris and LL.B degrees. He immediately started working at the LAC as a candidate lawyer and was admitted as a lawyer in 1999.
In July 2004 he was appointed as Director. This position he held until February 2010 after which he started working in private practice.

Mrs. Toni Hancox

Mrs. Toni Hancox
Mrs Toni Hancox was appointed the Co-ordinator of the Human Rights and Constitutional Unit in August 2000 after she worked in private practice and for the government attorneys while qualifying as a legal practitioner via correspondence studies. Toni is also admitted as a solicitor in England and is a qualified conveyancer. In March 2010, Toni was appointed as the Director of the Legal Assistance Centre. She previously served on the Council of the Law Society in Namibia as well as a Commissioner on the Law Reform and Development Commission.  Toni currently serves as trustee on Nangof, the umbrella body for non-governmental organizations in Namibia and is studying for her Masters in Human Rights through UNISA.