Global Forum on Competition


Tembinkosi Bonakele

South African Competition Commission


Tembinkosi Bonakele has been the Commissioner of the South African Competition Commission since 2013. He was appointed Deputy Commissioner in 2008, and prior to that worked as head of mergers, head of compliance, and senior legal counsel respectively. Mr Bonakele is an admitted attorney and holds a BJuris and an LLB from the University of Fort Hare and an MBA from Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria. He is an adjunct visiting professor of law at Wits Law School, an adjunct professor in the Business School of Nelson Mandela University, an Associate of the European Summer School and Conference in Competition and Regulation of Athens University of Economics and Business, a Fellow of the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development and a Board Member of the University of Stellenbosch’s Centre for Competition Law and Economics. He has published widely in academic journals and writes for newspapers and business magazines on competition matters. He has recently co-edited a book titled ‘Competition Law for the New Era’. Mr Bonakele currently serves as the Chairperson of the African Competition Forum, is a member of the BRICS competition forum and a member of the International Competition Network Steering Group