Judge Thami Makhanya was appointed part-time commissioner to the Electoral Commission shortly before the 2011 municipal elections in May. Having practised as an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar for 10 years, he was appointed as a judge of the Transvaal Provincial Division in 1999. He is currently a judge of the South Gauteng High Court. He also held acting positions on the Venda High Court and the Namibian High Court.
Judge Makhanya was a member of the Bar committees who dealt with the adaptation of the its constitution to the new dispensation as well as lecturing at the Education Centre of the Black Lawyers Association.