Biography of Adv J R Walters: Ombudsman
Prior to his appointment as Ombudsman of Namibia, Adv J R Walters was a career public prosecutor since 1981 and a Magistrate since 1985. After independence, he became a Deputy Prosecutor-General in May 1990 and in 1996 he went into private practice. In December 2002, he was appointed Acting Prosecutor-General by H.E the President and in May 2004 he was appointed Ombudsman by H.E. the President.
The Office of the Ombudsman is a member of a number of regional and international organization. In April 2010 he was elected as Regional Vice-President (Africa) of the International Ombudsman Institute (I.O.I) and was elected First Vice-President of the I.O.I in November 2012. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI). He holds a BA (1977) and LLB (1980) degrees from the University of the Western Cape and was admitted as advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (SWA Division) in 1981.
The Office of the Ombudsman in Namibia strives to promote and protect human rights, promote fair and effective administration, combat corrupt practices and protect the environment and natural resources of Namibia through independent and impartial investigation and resolution of complaints, as well as raising public awareness.