School of Social Sciences

Bheki Mngomezulu

Bheki Mngomezulu

Position Senior Lecturer & Academic Leader
Discipline Political Science/International Relations
Phone 031 260 3848
Campus Howard College Campus
Office Address MTB ZG 145

Degrees Held

  • SSTD (UZ), 
  • BPaed (UZ), 
  • BA Hon in Politics (UWC), 
  • BA Hon in History (UWC), 
  • MA in History (UWC) 
  • MA in Politics (UNISA), 
  • MA in History (Rice, Texas), 
  • PhD (Rice, Texas).

Profile (Experience, Accomplishments, Awards, etc.):

  • Experience: Taught politics, history and research at different universities in South Africa, served as a research and teaching assistant at Rice University (Texas, USA), worked as a Faculty Research Coordinator at Durban university of Technology, worked as a Senior Political Analyst in the RSA government
  • Accomplishments: Held leadership positions at different universities and successfully supervised postgraduate students from Honours to PhD level. Published books, book chapters, journal articles and presented over 70 academic papers nationally and internationally.
  • Awards: Received the best student award at UWC for being the best student in the Honours programme, was voted by students as the best lecturer at UWC, received a scholarship to study in the USA, received another scholarship while in the USA to go to East Africa to conduct research.

Research Interests:

  • International relations, comparative politics, higher education issues, traditional leadership, local histories.

Teaching Areas:

  • International Relations, African comparative politics


  • Successfully supervised over 100 postgraduate students from Honours/BTech to PhD. Currently supervising more than 20 MA and PhD students

Community Involvement/Outreach:

  • Deeply involved in doing political analysis for the SABC (6 radio stations and TV channels), assist the IEC on election-related issues, assist youngsters in my rural community on academic and social issues, work with my local community to address social issues.

Publications/Selected Publications (2011 – 2013):


  • The president for life pandemic in Africa: Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Zambia and Malawi. 2013. London: Adonis & Abbey Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-909112-31-5
  • Politics and higher education in East Africa from the 1920s to 1970.2012. Bloemfontein: Sun Media. ISBN: 978-1-920382-11-7.

Journal Articles:

  • What does the Africanisation of a university entail? Lessons from East Africa. Affrika: Journal of Politics, Economics and Society, 3(1)(2013):97-113.
  • The state of racial equity at South African universities (With Bongani B. Ndlovu). Journal of Social Science (Special Issue), 37(2) (November 2013), 109-115.
  • Life presidency in Africa: A historical perspective. African Renaissance. 10(2), (2013):1-20. ISSN-9-771744-253007.
  • The life life presidency by African leaders: The case of Guinea (With Rachidi Molapo). African Renaissance. 10(2), (2013):21-33. ISSN-9-771744-253007.
  • Why should African leaders understand economic history? The South African Economic History Annual, 1 (December 2012): 7-8. ISSN 2305-946 X.
  • An assessment of the state of African universities from 1994 to 2012. Africa Education Review Special Issue 1, 2012. pp. 541-555 ISSN1814-6627.
  • The role of universities in harnessing human and material resources for Africa’s development: Lessons from the East African experience. IRCAB. Journal of Arts and Education, 2(2), (December 2012): 1-9. ISSN-2226-0471.
  • The state of institutions of higher learning in South Africa: A critical appraisal. IRCAB. Journal of Arts and Education, 2(1), (June 2012): 1-11. ISSN-2226-0471.
  • Power elites Power elites, state development and globalization in Africa. 2012. Online Journal. Leadership, education, culture and development themes (
  • Social justice in a divided and unequal society: What role can education play? Prime Journals, February 2012.

Chapters in Books:

  • Economic inequalities and the Niger Delta crisis in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects. 2013. In Kalu, K., U. O. Uzodike, D. Kraybill & J. Moolakkattu (eds). Territoriality, citizenship and peacebuilding: Perspectives on challenges to peace in Africa. London: Adonis Abbey Publishers. pp. 361-376.
  • The transformation of higher education in South Africa and its impediments, 1994-2004. 2013. In Pearce, B. & Stewart, G. (eds.) Transformation: Looking back in history and forward to change. Durban: DUT. FAD., pp.5-11.

Complete Research Record:

See above.