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Sibusiso Nkomo

I am a PhD candidate in History at the University of Cape Town (UCT). My PhD research focuses on the role of historical newspapers in debate and discussion in the public sphere. My dissertation will focus on the Sotho-language Leselinyana la Lesotho newspaper published by the Morija Printing Press from 1863 until late into the 20th century, playing a prominent role in the orthography, literacy, history and politics of Lesotho.

I am journalist and researcher by training and I have worked for a decade in media, think tanks and higher education, mostly focused politics and social issues, although a historian at heart. 

I am a guest lecturer at the Department of Political Studies and the Centre for Film and Media Studies, and serve on the management committee of the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy at UCT. 

I have a BA and Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Stellenbosch, and a MA from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. 


Sibusiso Nkomo, Stephen Buchanan-Clarke (2020). “Violent extremism in Africa: Popular assessments from the ‘Eastern Corridor’”. Afrobarometer policy paper no.65  

Hugo Canham, Elliott Kotze, Nkululeko Nkomo, Sibusiso Nkomo (2020). “Retrieving grandfathers and histories through objects and affective registers.” Emotion, Space and Society 34, 1-8.

Sibusiso Nkomo (2018). “Land redistribution: South Africans prioritize land taken in forced removals, support ‘willing seller’ approach”. Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 254

Jamy Felton, Sibusiso Nkomo (2018). “Enter state capture: Citizen perceptions of corruption and the corrosion of democratic culture and institutions” in State capture in Africa: Old threats, new packaging, 133-149. EISA.

Sibusiso Nkomo (2017). “Public Service Delivery in South Africa: Councillors and Citizens Critical Links in Overcoming Persistent Inequities”. Afrobarometer Policy Paper No. 42.

Sibusiso Nkomo (2017). “Media representation of political leadership and governance in South Africa-press coverage of Jacob Zuma”. MA thesis. Wits Journalism, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Michael Bratton, Boniface Dulani, Sibusiso Nkomo (2017). “Zambia at a crossroads: Will citizens defend democracy?”Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 157.