Sithembile Mbete

Dr Sithembile Mbete is the Director of Programmes of Futurelect, a non-profit and non-partisan political training programme for emerging public leaders in Southern Africa.  She is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP) where she teaches international relations and South African politics. She serves on the Council of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA).

Sithembile was recently a visiting researcher at the African Leadership Centre at King’s College London. She has a DPhil in International Relations from the Univ. of Pretoria and she completed her undergraduate, honours and masters degrees at the Univ. of Cape Town. In 2014 she was a visiting scholar at the Dept. of Political Science and Balsillie School of International Affairs at the Univ. of Waterloo in Canada.

Sithembile comments frequently in the media on a range of issues in South African politics. She is Kaya FM’s resident political analyst and has a regular slot on David O’Sullivan’s breakfast show. Sithembile has been part of eNCA’s team of analysts for the ANC’s 2017 elective conference, the State of the Nation Address in 2018 and 2019, and the 2019 National and Provincial election. She has also worked for the Presidency of South Africa as a researcher in the secretariat of the National Planning Commission. She contributed to the drafting of the National Development Plan in the areas of public service reform, anti-corruption policy and community safety.

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