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The 11th of February  2020 marks exactly 30 years since Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, and the beginning of the end of apartheid. In the three decades since South Africa has ceased to be a subject of mainstream political discussion in Europe. Yet recent years have seen dramatic transformations in its political landscape. Under President Jacob Zuma (2009-2018) it even appeared, briefly, as if the era of dominance by the African National Congress (ANC) might be coming to an end.

This panel discussion will bring together experts on diverse aspects of South African politics, economy and society in order to provide an accessible overview of these changes since the end of apartheid. Contributions will cover topics including land, law, labour, gender and the city.


Dinga Sikwebu (from South Africa, by skype): National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa. Dinga Sikwebu has been active in the labour movement since the 1980s and was for a long-time head of education at NUMSA. In 2018 he served on the adjudication panel for the first People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime in South Africa.

Zenande Booi (from South Africa, by skype): Land and Accountability Research Centre, University of Cape Town. Zenande Booi researches security of tenure in South Africa's former Bantustans, focusing on legislation governing mining rights and traditional leadership. She was the Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights at the Fordham School of Law in New York City.

Dr Tim Gibbs: Lecturer in African History at University College London. Tim Gibbs has published widely on the formation of new nationalist and professional elites in late twentieth-century South Africa. His recent work studies histories of rural development and the political economy of migration to cities under late apartheid.

Dr Peter Brett: Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of London Institute in Paris/Queen Mary University of London. Peter Brett researches law and politics in Southern Africa. He has written on the origins of South Africa's Bill of Rights and the transformation of its legal profession. A current project examines the politics of judicial appointments.