Judith February

Judith is the head of the Political Information and Monitoring Service at Idasa. She studied law at the University of Cape Town, where she obtained her BA (Law) and her LlB degrees in 1991 and 1993 respectively. She was then admitted as an attorney in 1996 and practised law in Cape Town until 2000. In 2000 she obtained her LlM in Commercial Law from the University of Cape Town. Judith has been working at Idasa since June 2000 and has worked extensively on issues of good governance, transparency and accountability within the South African context. Her focus at Idasa includes corruption and its impact on governance, parliamentary oversight, constitu- tional law monitoring, institutional design and general political analysis. Judith currently does consultancy work on South Africa for a New York-based group as part of their Stability Index on 25 developing coun- tries around the world. She has been listed in the Financial Mail's Little Black Book of 300 black professionals for 2007 and was also listed in the MTN/Mail & Guardian The Y'ello Book of South African Women, which was released in August 2006. Judith serves on the board of the Goedge- dacht Forum for Social Reflection and is an exco member of the Parliamentary Monitoring Group (www.pmg.org.za). In addition, she serves on an independent ad hoc panel to evaluate the effectiveness of South Africa's Parliament. Her column Between the Lines appears in the Cape Times newspaper fortnightly.

Lunch spot: Caveau at the Mill, Newlands; Tokara, Stellenbosch; Ricki's in Cape Town