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Ms Sithembile Mbete

Sithembile is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Sciences whose research assesses the success of South Africa’s African agenda during its two elected terms in the United Nations Security Council. She holds an MSocSc in International Relations from the University of Cape Town, where she focused her research on South Africa’s first elected term in the United Nations Security Council.

Ms Mbete joined the Department of Political Sciences from the Presidency of RSA, where she was an assistant researcher in the secretariat of the National Planning Commission and contributed to drafting the National Development Plan. Her work in this regard was focused on public service reform and anti-corruption policy. Prior to this she worked as a political researcher at the Institute for Democracy in Africa, where she was responsible for parliamentary monitoring and political analysis. She was a member of the founding working group of the Right2Know campaign, a coalition mobilising for the right of access to information.

Ms.Mbete coordinates PTO 101 and may be contacted for inqueries regarding the BA PolSci (International Studies) programme. Email: [email protected]

Research focus

South African foreign policy, United Nations Security Council reform, global governance, African Security, South African governance


  •  2013: With Kariem, A. ‘Building a future for South Africa’s Youth’ in The Youth Dividend: Unlocking the Potential of South Africa’s Youth, Transformation Audit 2012, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.
  • 2011: With Sylvester. ‘The 2011 LGE: Separating the Reality from the Spin’, Idasa Politics Brief.

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