Dr. Siphokazi Magadla

Phone: + 27 (0) 603 8664

Email: S.Magadla@ru.ac.za

BA Hons (RU), MA (OHIO),PhD (RU)


Dr Siphokazi Magadla is a Senior Lecturer in the Political and International Studies department at Rhodes University. She joined the department in 2011. She worked previously as a research consultant for the Security Sector Governance programme of the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, focusing on the role of women in peace and security. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political and International Studies and Journalism and Media Studies, and Honours in Political and International Studies from Rhodes University. She holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Ohio University, USA. She is a Fulbright Scholar. She graduated with a PhD in 2017 at Rhodes University. Her PhD examined the state assisted integration of women ex-combatants into civilian life in post-apartheid South Africa. 

She was a fellow of the Social Science Research Council's Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship Program in 2013-2014, which provided the funding for her doctoral research. She was previously a co-chairperson of the Rhodes University Women's Academic Solidarity Association, 2012 – 2013, and the Coordinator the Politics department Thinking Africa project, 2012 - 2013. She is the current Board member and Book Review Editor of the Journal of Contemporary African Studies (JCAS). Since July 2017, she serves as a workshop facilitator of the Social Science Research Council's Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship Program.

In 2014, she published her first book, a co-edited volume with Leonhard Praeg, “Ubuntu: Curating the archive (2014, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press). She has written for news platforms such as Mail and Guardian, Aljazeera, City Press, The Con Magazine and The South African Civil Society Information Service.

Research interests

  • post-colonial/civil wars and militarism in Africa
  • demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration processes in Africa
  • security sector reform
  • gender, peace and security
  • South African foreign policy
  • African feminisms, gender and citizenship in South Africa


Journal articles

Magadla, S. (2015). Women combatants and the liberation movements in South Africa: Guerrilla girls, combative mothers and the in-betweeners. African Security Review, 24(4), pp. 390-402.

Magadla, S. (2013) "The personal is the international: for black girls who've considered politics when being strong isn't enough". Politikon, 40, (3), pp. 585-596.

Magadla, S. (2011). "The Super-diplomat: Thabo Mbeki's African Renaissance and South Africa FIFA World Cup 2010". Impumelelo: The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports. Vol 7, Fall.

Magadla, S. (2010). “Reflections on the African World Cup: ‘make the circle bigger’” Published by the Impumelelo The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports Vol 6, Fall.


Praeg, L and Magadla, S. (Eds) (2014). Ubuntu: Curating the archive. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press.

Books chapters

Magadla, S and Chitando, E. (2014). “The self become god: Ubuntu and the ‘scandal of manhood”. In Ubuntu: Curating the archive. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press.

Godwyll, F, E and Magadla, S. (2012). “Educating Postconflict Societies: Lessons from Rwanda and Liberia” in African Childhoods Education, Development, Peacebuilding, and the Youngest Continent”, edited by Marisa O. Ensor. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Reviews

Magadla, S. (2017). Democratic South Africa Foreign Policy: Voting Behaviour in the United Nations. South African Journal of International Affairs. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2017.1361863

Magadla, S. (2015). Global Governance and the New Wars: The Merging of Development and Security. Politikon, 42 (1), pp. 151 – 153.

Magadla, Siphokazi. (2015). "Book review: A Renegade called Simphiwe: The Wounded Hero." Journal of African and Asian Studies, pp.382-383.

Magadla, S. (2014). “Community of insecurity: SADC's struggle for peace and security in Southern Africa.” Journal of Contemporary African Studies. DOI: 10.1080/02589001.2014.936174         

Workshop reports, baseline study reports, documentary

Hendricks, C and Magadla. (2010). “Workshop report gender, peace and security in Southern Africa”  Compiled by Cheryl Hendricks and Siphokazi Magadla 22-23 November 2010, Irene County Lodge,  Pretoria, South Africa. http://www.issafrica.org/pgcontent.php?UID=30824

Hendricks, C, Order, S, Magadla, S, Mhlanga, N. (2010).  “Baseline study on women's participation in peace building and conflict resolution in Southern Africa.” SADC Gender Protocol 2010 Barometer. Edited by Colleen Lowe Morna and Loveness Jambaya Nyakujarah. Published by Gender Links: Johannesburg. Chapter8:

“If extraordinary had a face”: women in the security sector in South Africa. August 2010. Produced by Cheryl Hendricks and Siphokazi Magadla. Institute for Security Studies and Orange Orbit Productions.

Hendricks, C and Magadla (2008). “Workshop report on climate change and human security in Africa”. Published by the Institute for Security Studies.

Selected media publications

Magadla, S. (15 December 2017). “The people’s war updated”. Mail and Guardian newspaper: https://mg.co.za/article/2017-12-15-00-the-peoples-war-updated

Magadla, S. (25 August 2017). “Matrifocality and shared motherhood”. Mail and Guardian newspaper: https://mg.co.za/article/2017-08-25-00-matrifocality-and-shared-motherhood

Magadla, S. (19 May 2017). “Oliver Tambo: acre by acre in a time of rupture?” Mail and Guardian newspaper: https://mg.co.za/article/2017-05-19-00-oliver-tambo-acre-by-acre-in-a-time-of-rupture

Magadla, S. (2 February 2015). “Eugene de Kock and the Violence of 'Nation Building and Reconciliation'”.The South African Civil Society Information Service. http://sacsis.org.za/site/article/2265

Magadla, S. (9 May 2014). “Another five years of Jacob Zuma”. Aljazeera International. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/05/another-five-years-jacob-zuma 201459184512925113.html

Jagarnath, V and Magadla, S. (24 October 2014). “Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Mother of the Nation or Lady Macbeth?”. The Con: http://www.theconmag.co.za/2014/10/24/mother-of-the-nation-or-lady-macbeth/

Magadla, S. (11 June 2014). “The Bloemhof incident: Affirmative action on death row”. Aljazeera International. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/06/sairr-report-affirmative-action--20146118334597715.html

Magadla, S, (26 November 2014). “Some Are Soldiers, Others ‘Straatmeide”. The Con. http://www.theconmag.co.za/2014/11/26/some-are-soldiers-and-others-straatmeids/

Magadla, S. (15 September 2014). “The Deafening Silence of the EFF's Women Leaders”. The South African Civil Society Information Service. http://sacsis.org.za/site/article/2133

Magadla, S. (6 November 2013). “EFF and the return of the warrior citizen”. Mail and Guardian Thoughtleader. http://thoughtleader.co.za/siphokazimagadla/2013/11/06/eff-and-the-return-of-the-warrior-citizen/

Magadla, S. (October 2012) “Simply having a female president will not rescue the ANC”. Published by the City Press Newspaper: http://www.citypress.co.za/Columnists/Simply-having-a-female-president-will-not-rescue-the-ANC-20121027

Magadla, S. (April 2012). “Silence on Gbowee is deafening”. Published by the City Press Newspaper. April 2012. http://www.citypress.co.za/Columnists/Silence-on-Gbowee-is-deafening-20120421

Magadla, S and Mathews, S. (August 2011). “Reimagining power”- Published by the Mail and Guardian Newspaper.  August 2011. http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/rhodes_university/thinking-africa/20110830

Mqolomba, Z, and Magadla, S. (July 2011). ."Marginalisation of the Pan African narrative and the Politics behind Humanitarian Intervention in Libya". The Thinker Magazine., Volume 29.

Magadla, S. (August 2010). Race and Ethnicity in the Shadows of Opposition Politics in South Africa” Published by the Institute for Security Studies.  http://www.the-african.org/blog/?p=309

Magadla, S. (June 2010). “Dandala Resignation: Will COPE Survive Next Year’s Elections?” Published by the Institute for Security Studies, Sunday Times and the South African Reporter, http://www.timeslive.co.za/opinion/article523852.ece/COPE-on-life-support

Magadla, S and Ahmadou, N.   (June 2008). “Who do we blame for xenophobic attacks?” Published by the Institute for Security Studies and Mmegi,. http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=2aid=1706dir=2011/March/Wednesday16&aid=18&dir=2008/June/Wednesday11

Magadla, S. (April 2008). “South African Women Need to Claim Their Civil Liberties.” Published by the Institute for Security Studies:  http://www.iss.co.za/pgcontent.php?UID=29440


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