Founding member and the current director of PASSOP, Braam Hanekom’s childhood in Zimbabwe strongly influenced his views on refugees. An activist in the fight for the rights of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees, Hanekom writes a weekly column for newspaper, The Zimbabwean. Between the end of 2007 and early 2008, he was arrested four times for different protest actions: in three of the four arrests, charges were withdrawn by the state. Although an active member of the ANC, he is also a strong critic of the government’s shortcomings. Hanekom serves on the board with civil society representatives from COSATU, SWEAT and Workers World among others. He is a laureate of the 2008 Inyathelo award for youth in philanthropy, and in 2011 was chosen by the Mail and Guardian as one of it’s 200 young South Africans.