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Name: Dikeledi Mokoena
Location: D Ring 508 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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About Dr Dikeledi Mokoena

Dr. Dikeledi Mokoena holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pretoria and an MA, Hons, and BA from Wits University. Her doctoral thesis titled “An Afrodecolonial Analysis of Resistance by the widowed women of Marikana” offers a decolonial reading of resistance by women who were situated in the ‘extended social reproductive sphere’ of South Africa’s extractive sector. Mokoena’s research interests are in feminist political economy, decoloniality, African feminism, and politics of development in Africa. Dr. Mokoena has experience in researching and coordinating multi-country research projects such as IFFs in the mining sector of Southern Africa, Regional integration and Migration in ECOWAS and SADC, as well as the AfCFTA and its interface with the EAC. She also has experience in designing international fellowship programs for change agents. Dr. Mokoena has trained youth leaders across the African continent on themes related to governance in Africa, leadership, and gender equality. Thus far she has trained over 3000 youth leaders in East, South, West, Central, and Northern Africa.



Gumede, V., Oloruntoba, S.O. and Kamga, S.D. with Mokoena, D.A, Beremauro, R, Nkenkana, A, 2020. Regional integration and migration in Africa: Lessons from Southern and West Africa. In Regional Integration and Migration in Africa. Brill. ISBN: 978-90-04-41122-73.1.2 Peer Reviewed

Mokoena, D. A. 2020. Women of Marikana in the Media: Decolonial Analysis of Gendered Representations. In Women’s Political Communication in Africa. (Ed) Sharon Omotoso Springer publication) DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-42827-3_3

Loum, L and Mokoena, D. A, 2019, ‘The use of mHealth Cloud technology in regional integration: The Case of ECOWAS’ In Innovation, Regional Integration, and Development in Africa: Rethinking Theories, Institutions, and Policies. (Eds) Samuel Oloruntoba and Mammo Muchie, DOI:

Mokoena D. A. 2018. Global Systematic Crisis and Gender Inequality: Quest for Inclusive Development. In ‘Inclusive Development in Africa: Transformations of Global Relations. (Ed) Vusi Gumede DOI: 7

Mokoena, D.A. 2018. ‘The Politics of Foreign Aid.’ In The Palgrave Handbook of African Politics, Governance and Development. (Eds). Samuel, O. Oloruntoba and Toyin. Falola. DOI:

Mokoena, D. A. ‘Black Panther and the problem of the black radical. Journal of Pan-African Studies. Vol. 11(9), pp. 13-19. Mokoena.pdf


Conference Papers:

Mokoena, D.A, “Comparative Reflections of Township Economic Innovations in Sebokeng in South Africa and Mbare in Zimbabwe”, presented at the Township Studies Hybrid Conference, UJ, 10-11 November 2022,

Mokoena, D.A ‘Axiologenic Resistance in Western-centric free market and politically liberal democratic South Africa: Lessons from the Widowed Women of Marikana’, presented at the Critical University Studies Across Africa colloquium entitled Reflexive Solidarities in Techno-Rational Time, 2-4 November 2020

Mokoena, D.A ‘Rethinking how to facilitate Learning in Political Studies during Covid’ presented at South African Association of Political Science Conference, 2021

Mokoena, D.A ‘Women of Marikana’ presented at Decolonial Feminism in Africa Dialogue, University of South Africa, 11 August 2017

Mokoena, D.A ‘Global Coloniality and coloniality of Gender at Marikana: A decolonial Political Economy Analysis’ presented at UNIZULU Humanities and Social Sciences Conference – 2017

Mokoena, D.A, ‘On Decolonial Research Method’ presented at -Gender and Decoloniality Conference, Nelson Mandela University, 2017

Mokoena, D.A. ‘Extending The Ritual Archive: Mokhokha as an African Epistemology of the Body’ shared at an event co-hosted by Prof. Pascah Mungwini near Maboneng in 2017

Mokoena, D.A. ‘Rethinking Gendered Macroeconomics through the African Social Reproductive Sphere, FEMNET, Online. August 2020

Mokoena, D.A. ‘A gloomy diagnosis of Africa’s Fragmented Economy as imperative for Africa to Unite’, presented at the 60th Celebration of All African People’s Conference- Ghana, December 2018

Mokoena, D.A. ‘Pan-African Unity, Free Movement and Sexuality: The Fact of Exclusion’ presented at the Africa Youth Conference – United Nations Africa Office- Kenya, 2018