Project Description

Nompumelelo-Runji-Democracy-Fellow-OSF-SA-25-years-in-South-Africa #SAElections2019

Nompumelelo Runji

Nompumelelo is a professional moderator, facilitator, writer, and panellist. She is a thought leader with a solid track record in policy and political analysis. She is featured regularly in online and print media, as well as on radio and television.

Nompumelelo is also an academic and has been a part-time lecturer in the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences since 2016, where she is currently pursuing her PhD under a Mellon Foundation Scholarship.

Active Citizenship: Community Protests and Political Participation in South Africa


This project seeks to:

  • Analyse participation in democratic processes and provide insights on how to effectively educate for active citizenship and participation within the existing constitutional framework.
  • Evaluate political party manifestos for their responsiveness to the national mood and citizen’s demands.
  • Promote greater responsiveness of public representatives and political parties to citizen concerns and aspirations.

She has written columns analysing political dynamics in the lead up to the May 8 elections in the Sowetan including analysis of the ANC, EFF, DA and FF Plus’ manifestos (links provided below) with a specific focus on evaluating their responsiveness to citizen demands and the national mood.