Sithembile Mbete is a lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, where she lecturers international relations and South African politics. She is also a doctoral candidate at the university, writing a thesis on South Africa’s foreign policy during its two terms in the United Nations Security Council. She has published on the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) and South African elections in accredited journals. Her research has been funded by the National Institute for Humanities and Social Science (NIHSS), National Research Foundation (NRF), Social Science Research Council and the Mellon Foundation. In 2014 she was a visiting scholar at the Department of Political Science and Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. She comments frequently in the media on a range of issues in South African politics.
Sithembile joined the University of Pretoria from The Presidency of South Africa, where she was a researcher in the secretariat of the National Planning Commission. Her work in this regard was focused on public service reform and anti-corruption policy. She contributed to the drafting of the National Development Plan. Prior to this she worked as a political researcher at IDASA (Institute for Democracy in Africa), where she was responsible for Parliamentary monitoring and political analysis.
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