Zakhele Shongwe

PhD candidate

Zakhele Shongwe is a PhD candidate in the African Studies Department at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies and a Bachelor of Social Work obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). His current doctoral research focuses on examining the structure of racism and the afterlives of apartheid that produced the Phoenix massacre in Durban Metropolitan Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, titled: “Race, Massacres and the Afterlives of Apartheid: A Case of Phoenix Massacre (12-15 July 2021) in eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa”. Zakhele Shongwe is also a former Research Assistant at Land Restitution Evaluation Study (LRES), UCT. Additionally, Zakhele has also been working as an Academic Tutor and Lecturer Assistant in the African Studies and Linguistics Department at the University of Cape Town. His research interests include race studies, structural and racialized violence, environmental racism, inequality, poverty, decoloniality, post colonialism, and corruption.