Project Description

Phumeza Mlungwana

Building a better policing response to gender-based violence

Phumeza has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Sociology, Gender Studies and Ethics and an honours degree in Sociology from the University of the Western Cape. She is currently studying towards an MPhil Criminology Law and Society at the University of Cape Town.

Phumeza is a social activist born and raised in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. She has been involved with the Social Justice Coalition for a number of years, helping to build the organisation into a social movement of poor and working-class people. During her leadership tenure, the Social Justice Coalition has implemented a variety of strategies and tactics, including advocacy, litigation, political education, and organising. Thus, it has become one of the leading organisations in South Africa advocating for poor communities and tackling issues of policing, safety, and the criminal justice system.

During a recent Fellowship at the Social Change Initiative (2017 – 2018), Phumeza examined the issue of transformative change processes, and the challenges that leaders and activists face in building mass movements. She continues to engage in critical spaces that advocate for democratic participation.

Host Organziation: Social Justice Coalition