Dr Thapelo Tselapedi

BA , MA (RU)


Thapelo Tselapedi is the new lecturer in the department. After being awarded the Centre for the Study of Democracy bursary, he completed his MA degree at Rhodes University which focused on political theory, social movements and local government. He formerly worked for a public interest organization in Johannesburg as a social researcher focusing on social movements in Gauteng, the North West and KZN. He also went on to work for an umbrella body of a number of NGO’s, called Local Government Network (LGA), delivering constitutional literacy workshops on local government. He is a former assistant lecturer at the University of Johannesburg where he taught Introduction to Politics and South African Liberation Theories. He is currently completing his PhD on critical approaches to International Relations through the University of Pretoria. 

Research interests

  • Africana existential philosophy
  • Critical theory
  • South African liberation movement theory
  • Decolonial studies
  • Democracy studies

Research work

Tselapedi, T (2017) Black liberation and the notion of ‘social justice’ in South Africa in NGO’s and Social Justice in South Africa and Beyond. UKZN Press. Book chapter.

Tselapedi, T (2016) Political studies: An entry into ‘social science thought’ in the South African academy. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. Cambridge University.

Book review

Book review for the Journal of Contemporary African Studies (JCAS): Reviewed the book, Popular politics and Resistance Movements in South Africa edited by William Beinart and Marcelle C. Dawson. Johannesburg, Wits University Press, 2010. (June 2013)

Media articles


2018 article


2017 article


2015 article


2014 article


2014 article


2013 article


2013 article




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