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Kealeboga J Maphunye

Professor, Department of Political Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA), University of South Africa

NRF rated researcher full professor, former Chair of Department: Political Sciences; and former WIPHOLD-Brigalia Bam Research Chair in Electoral Democracy in Africa, University of South Africa. He holds a Doctoral Degree in Government from the University of Essex (UK), Master of Public Administration (MPA) (UB, Botswana) and Bachelor of Science in Sociology (Hons.) (UZ, Zimbabwe). Prof Maphunye has lectured at the University of the Western Cape's School of Government and has conducted commissioned research for South Africa's national government departments. He has also conducted election related research at South Africa's Human Sciences Research Council. Prof Maphunye has worked for the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) and the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC). Currently, his research is on elections, governance and democracy in South Africa and the African continent, focusing on election management bodies and electoral processes. A regular participant in African Election Observer Missions, his broader research interests include African politics, development and underdevelopment; post-independence administrative/bureaucratic reform in developing countries; comparative politics and public administration; and gender and human rights issues in public sector organisations. Latest (2019) publication: “Are Electronic Voting Technologies Feasible and Constitutional? Observations from a few African case examples”, Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 15 (1) 2019), pp.1-11.


  • 2012–present
    Research professor, Brigalia Bam Chair in Electoral Democracy in Africa


National Research Foundation (NRF) C2 Rated researcher, South Africa