Kealeboga J Maphunye
Combating electoral violence through political capacity building
South Africa
University of Essex
Governmental Studies
  •  Kealeboga was a Canon Collins scholar from 1998 to 2002
  •  His current work as Research Professor and Chair at UNISA focuses on research, tuition and supervision, capacity building for electoral officials, and community engagement pertaining to election management in South Africa and continentally.
  • Kealeboga regularly observes and conducts research on elections, governance and democracy in South Africa and across the continent.
  • He also contributes to public and media debates on issues of elections, democracy and governance in Africa.
  • He hopes that through his current work training and empowering election officials, Africa will address issues related to electoral violence, political instability and other problems that arise following the appointment of leaders who were not elected according to continental and international election management best practices.
Greatest achievement: 

Becoming the inaugural UNISA Chair in Electoral Democracy in Africa

Professional interests: 

African politics, governance, elections and democratic systems; post-independence administrative/bureaucratic reform in developing countries; comparative politics and public administration; development and underdevelopment, gender and human rights issues in public sector organisations; and human resource management.

Current occupation: 
Inaugural WIPHOLD-Brigalia Bam Research Professor and Chair in Electoral Democracy in Africa at the University of South Africa (UNISA)