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South Africa

Multiculturalism and Human Rights



Mohamed Adhikari, PhD
Mohamed received his PhD from the University of Cape Town. After nearly three decades of research on various aspects of coloured identity and politics in South Africa, he recently started working in the area of genocide studies with a focus on settler colonialism and genocide. He has published several books, including Not White Enough, Not Black Enough: Racial Identity in the South African Coloured Community (Cape Town: Double Storey Books and Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2005) and Burdened by Race: Coloured Identities in Southern Africa (Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, 2009).

Richard Calland, LLM
Richard holds an LLM from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a diploma in world politics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in law from the University of Durham. He is an associate professor in the University of Cape Town’s Public Law Department, where he teaches constitutional and human rights. He specializes in access to information and whistle-blowing protections, administrative justice, public ethics, and constitutional design, largely shaped by his work as program manager at the Political Information and Monitoring Service at Idasa, the leading democracy think tank in Africa, which he led from 1995 to 2003. Richard established and then led UTC Democratic Governance & Rights Unit from 2007-2016, focusing on judicial appointments, training and governance.  He is a member of the Transparency Task team at the Institute for Public Dialogue at Columbia University, and he served as an expert consultant to the Carter Center on transparency projects in Bolivia, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Peru, and Mali. He writes a political column for the Mail and Guardian newspaper. He is a member of the Transparency Task team at the Institute for Public Dialogue at Columbia University, and he served as an expert consultant to the Carter Center on transparency projects in Bolivia, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Peru, and Mali. He writes a political column for the Mail and Guardian newspaper and is a regular media commentator.

Amanda Gouws, PhD
Amanda holds a PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a professor of political science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She specializes in South African politics, gender politics, and political behavior and has published widely on issues related to South African politics. She is a board member of the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. Amanda is co-author of Overcoming Intolerance in South Africa: Experiments in Democratic Persuasion with James Gibson from Washington University in St. Louis. Her recent articles have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Amanda conducted a major research project on South Africa with a high HIV/AIDS prevalence from the perspective of feminist ethics of care. She is also researching the women’s movement in post-apartheid South Africa.

Wamuwi Mbao
Wamuwi teaches English Literary Studies at Stellenbosch University. He is editor of the collection Years of Fire and Ash: Poetry of Decolonization, a poetry anthology that brings covers more than a half century of South African struggle. His research interests are in South African post-apartheid literature, architecture and popular culture. He is a SALA-winning literary critic with the Johannesburg Review of Books. His short story The Bath is included in Twenty in 20, a collection of the 20 most significant short stories post-1994.

Roegchanda Pascoe
Roegchanda was born in Retreat and forcibly removed to Manenberg as a child due to apartheid-era legislation. Family struggles were exacerbated by this move, but despite hardships, she became involved in civic and youth groups and anti-apartheid activism. This community activist describes herself as a “crime-resister, fighter on all levels, and defender of human rights with my whole being.” She is a recipient of the U.S. International Women of Courage Award.

Cherith Amanda Sanger
Cherith Sanger is a lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice & Procedure in the Law Faculty at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She holds an LLB from UWC and an LLM from the University of California Los Angeles with a specialization in public interest law and policy focused on gender, health, and human rights. She was admitted as an attorney in 2007. Prior to joining UWC in 2018, she practiced in the private sector and conducted legal advocacy, legal training, litigation, and research in the areas of women’s rights, sex work, and criminal justice in the NPO sector. In 2021, Cherith was awarded the Academic Achievers’ Emerging Excellent Lecturer Award in the Law Faculty. She is researching and writing her PhD.

Kees van der Waal, PhDa
Kees obtained his PhD at the University of Johannesburg and is a retired social anthropologist from the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Stellenbosch. He lectures students on identity formation, specifically with a critical eye on the history and evolution of Afrikaner identity.

Wanelisa Xaba
Wanelisa Xaba is a decolonial thinker, storyteller, and researcher from Cape Town. She obtained a bachelors in social sciences, honours in African Studies, and master’s in social development at the University of Cape Town. She is doing her PhD in the Women and Gender Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape. She is interested in merging decolonial thought and ancestral wisdom for Black liberation.