The Voices of Liberation series celebrates the lives and writings of African Liberation activists and heroes. By providing access to the thoughts and writings of the men and women who fought for our freedom.


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PROF Lungisile Ntsebeza

Cala, Eastern Cape

Professor and the holder of the AC Jordan Chair in African Studies at the University of Cape Town. He is also the holder of the National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Chair in Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa.


From a political prisoner in the 1970s and early 1980s to a land reform scholar, research chair holder, intellectual and activist, it has been a long road for Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza. He obtained his BA in Philosophy and Political Science through UNISA while imprisoned and his Honours in African Studies at UCT. He completed his Master’s in Economic History at the then University of Natal and a Ph.D. in Sociology at Rhodes University. His research focuses on three themes – democratisation in the countryside; land and equity; and social movements in the land sector. 

ADV Dumisa Ntsebeza

Cala, Eastern Cape

Advocate Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza is a South African lawyer, public speaker, author and political activist born in Transkei, now the UmtataEastern Cape.  


Advocate Ntsebeza practices general law, including constitutional and administrative lawlabour lawmining law and land law. He has chaired a number of disciplinary actions, and presided on several arbitrations. He is a trained arbitrator and qualified commercial mediator. Ntsebeza has also sat as a judge in various divisions of the high court of South Africa

He is the chairman of the Desmond Tutu Peace Trust and a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He was involved in the political struggle against apartheid in the mid-1970s, when he served time in prison during which he completed his law degree. Ntsebeza emerged as a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1995. He  was appointed chancellor of the University of Fort Hare in January 2017

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Nontando Zintle Ngamlana

East London, Eastern Cape

Executive Director; Afesis-corplan 


Nontando Zintle Ngamlana is an Executive Director at Afesis-corplan, an East London based NGO whose work is on local governance and human settlements development. 


She is a seasoned development practitioner, a strategist, and a social justice activist at heart. She holds an MBA from the Netherlands, a MDev, B.Sc Hon and a B.Sc in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, all from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.


She has worked in the public, academic and NGO sectors in the past. Her present research interests are on topics such as municipal oversight, participatory local governance, and basic service delivery.



Cala, Eastern Cape

Honorary Research Associate of the Centre for African Studies (CAS), and the Director of the Cala University Students Association (CALUSA), a rural development non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Cala – Sakhisizwe Local Municipality, Eastern Cape.


Dr. Ncapayi is a Research Associate of the Centre for African Studies (CAS) at the University of Cape Town. He is also a Senior Researcher for the Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE), a land-based national non-governmental organisation (NGOs). He currently leads TCOE’s national research programme. Dr Ncapayi’s research interests are on land demand and use in communal areas; rights and conditions of farmworkers and farm dwellers; the extension of democracy to areas under traditional authorities, farming areas and rural municipalities. Working closely with Inyanda National Land Movement, Dr. Ncapayi supports rural residents in their struggles to extend democratic governance to areas under traditional leaders, the farming areas and the rural municipalities.


lawson Naidoo

Cape Town, Western Cape

Executive Secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC), an organisation committed to the principles of progressive constitutionalism, democracy and the rule of law. He has held this position since CASAC’s inception in 2010.


He has worked as a strategic political consultant focusing on the spheres of anti-corruption and good governance. He is a regular media commentator on constitutional and legal issues.
He is a trustee of Momentum Health, and is the Chairman of its Governance & Remuneration Committee. He is also a trustee of the Canon Collins Educational & Legal Assistance Trust, an NGO that focuses on providing scholarships to tertiary students and the promotion of human rights in southern Africa.
During 2007-08 he served as the Secretary of the Presidential Enquiry into the fitness of the National Director of Public Prosecutions to hold office (the Ginwala Enquiry). He previously held the position of Special Advisor to the Speaker of the National Assembly from 1994 to 1999.

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Ariella scher

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Litigation Attorney at Centre for Applied Legal Studies


Ariella is a litigation attorney in the Home, Land & Rural Democracy programme at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies.


She previously worked in the private sector as an attorney in labour and administrative law, and as a researcher at the Supreme Court of Appeal. She holds a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford (2018), and an LlB (2012) and Bachelor of Social Sciences (2010) degrees from the University of Cape Town.

Sandile Swana

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Lecturer Wits School of Governance

BComHons, MBA


Sandile has been teaching Risk Management and Good Governance part-time at Wits Business Schools and Wits School of Governance in the Municipal Finance Programme since 2007.  

Mr Swana holds 5 university degrees including two degrees in Leadership and Ethics from Unisa; he received a BCom in Economics and Business Information Systems from Wits; a BCom Honours in Logistics from Unisa and MBA from University of Pretoria. Mr Swana is full-time chairman of Sable Assets which consults on Sustainable Smart Cities and the full range of Local Government Development; Immovable Asset; Risk Management and Good Governance.


He commentates widely on Good Governance; Risk Management ; African Economic Development and ICT especially for the developing world.