Acting Director

Mpho is an attorney in our law centre, specialising in constitutional law and human rights litigation. She is passionate about building people’s power through education and political conscientisation.

Physician and Senior Honourary Lecturer, University of Cape Town (Chairperson of the Board)

Shuaib is a doctor and activist  who has worked with many non-profit organisations including the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture, and the Oxford Rhodes Scholarship. He graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Natal and did his post-graduate studies in sports medicine and occupational health at the University of…

Senior Research Officer, African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town

Mercy’s research focuses on the creation of sustainable human settlements with particular interest in urban land management and the operation of urban land markets. She holds a BSocSc (Hons) and MSocSc from University of Cape Town and DPhil in Sociology of Work from Stellenbosch University.


Attorney and Partner, Webber Wentzel

Michael specialises in regulatory, constitutional and administrative law. He has been involved in the drafting of legislation and regularly advises government, the private sector, and non-profit organisations. Michael has a BA (Hons) (First Class) and LLB from the University of Cape Town, a postgraduate diploma in Tax Law, and an Advanced Certificate in Alternative Dispute…

South African Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

Ruth is the South African Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies and a professor at the University of Western Cape. She holds a DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford and served on the Presidential Advisory Panel for Land Reform and Agriculture in 2018 and 2019. 

Head of Strategy, International Budget Partnership South Africa

Phumeza is a social activist from Khayelitsha. She is a former General Secretary of the Social Justice Coalition and co-author of the book Fragments of Activism. Phumeza has a BA (Hons) in Psychology, Sociology, Gender Studies and Ethics from the University of the Western Cape and is completing an MPhil in Criminology, Law and Society at…

Lecturer, University of Cape Town

Nomfundo is a lecturer in the Public Law Department at the University of Cape Town Law Faculty. She teaches constitutional law. She holds an LLB from the University of Pretoria, and a Bachelor in Civil Laws, MPhil (Law) and PhD (Law) from Oxford University.

Head of Political Organising

Buhle is our head of political organising. He is the former deputy chairperson of Equal Education, and is completing a BA in Education with a focus in engineering, graphics, design and isiXhosa. He is interested in building solidarity across land and housing struggles to advance urban land justice in Cape Town.

Head of Ndifuna Ukwazi Law Centre

Disha is an attorney and head of our law centre. She has been practicing as an attorney since 2014 and is focused on constitutional and administrative law, as well as human rights litigation.