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CJN’s Staff


Paul McNally
Founding Director

McNally was a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard for 2016. As the Founding Director of CJN, he is committed to reporting stories on social justice from rural areas in local languages.

He has won a CNN award, 4 MTN Radio Awards, a Discovery Health Award, a Pica, a MDDA for investigative journalism, a Webber Wentzel for Legal Journalism and a Vodacom Award. McNally produces narrative radio documentaries for Wits Journalism including the hit series Alibi ( His book The Street: Exposing a World of Cops, Bribes and Drug Dealers is a non-fiction investigation on police corruption in South Africa (released in September 2016).

Email: | Twitter: @mcnallypm

Akhona Zibonti

Editorial Mentor

Akhona Zibonti started at Citizen Justice Network on the 1st of June 2017. Akhona obtained her Diploma in Journalism at Rosebank Durban and has always been interested in community media and development. She has worked at a weekly community newspaper, in the publications department of a social justice organisation and at a production company as a Communications Coordinator and Social Media Manager. She is a graduate of the Bloomberg Media Africa Initiative offered by the Gordon Institute of Business.