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Hlengiwe Portia Dlamini

Dr Hlengiwe Portia Dlamini is the author of "A Constitutional History of the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland), 1960-1982." Dlamini obtained her PhD from the University of Pretoria in 2016. Her BA and MA degrees were obtained from the University of Swaziland. Her research concentration is: Constitutional History and the governance of public spaces in Swaziland. She has also been researching on the constitutionality of community policing in Swaziland. She is also exploring the constitutionality women enfranchisement and disenfranchisement in Swaziland and of Gastronomic Injunctions (Halaal) of Islamic minorities since independence.


  • –present
    Historian, University of Eswatini


  • 2016 
    University of Pretoria , PhD


  • 2020
    Race, politics and constitution-making in the negotiations leading to Eswatini’s independence (formerly Swaziland) 1960–1968. , Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 1-15.
  • 2019
    A Constitutional History of the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland), 1960-1982. , Palgrave Macmillam
  • 2019
    The Emergence and Development of the Community Police in Swaziland (Book chapter in Urban Crisis and Management in Africa: A Festschrift for Prof. Akin Mabogunje), Austin: Pan- African University Press
  • 2018
    The Tinkhundla monarchical democracy: An African system of good governance?" (Book Chapter in New African Thinkers Agenda 2063: Culture at the Heart of Sustainable Development), Cape Town: HSRC PRESS
  • 2018
    The Tinkhundla Monarchical Democracy (Article), Presentation at Cabinet (Eswatini)
  • 2017
    Photographs as Complementary Sources of the History of Swaziland: The Case of the Visual Images of the Makers of Swaziland's Pre-Independence Constitution. , South African Historical Journal, 69(3), 377-403.

Professional Memberships

  • African Studies Association (USA)
  • African Development Research Consortium (ADRC)
  • Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS)
  • Southern African Historical Society (SAHS)
  • Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)