Nomfundo completed her LLB at the University of Pretoria in 2014. She then worked at Bowmans Law (Johannesburg office) and moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a Bachelor of Civil Laws in 2016 and an MPhil (Law) in 2017 at Oxford University. While at Oxford, Nomfundo worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the comparative human rights law and comparative equality law courses on the Bachelor of Civil Law. She was also a Research Assistant for the Africa Oxford Initiative and a blog editor for the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog.
Nomfundo is a lecturer in the Public Law Department at UCT’s Law Faculty, and has earned her PhD in Law from Oxford University. Her PhD is on affirmative action in South Africa. In this work, she draws on the rich comparative affirmative action jurisprudence in India, the United States and Canada and the normative overlaps and tensions between distributive justice, corrective justice and equality theory to explore the possibility of a transformative affirmative action jurisprudence in South Africa.
Constitutional law, human rights law, anti-discrimination law, feminist legal theory and critical race theory.
Constitutional Law (for 2021).
- Nomfundo Ramalekana, ‘What’s So Wrong with Quotas? An Argument for the Permissibility of Quotas under s 9(2) of the South African Constitution’  Constitutional Court Review 252.
- Nomfundo Ramalekana (with Victoria Myandazi and Larona Somolekae), ‘An Equality-Sensitive Approach to Redressing the Disproportionate Socio-Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Vulnerable Groups in Botswana, Kenya, and South Africa’ in Justice Mavedzenge (ed), COVID-19 Pandemic and Socio-Economic Rights in Selected East and Southern African Countries (Juta 2020).
- N Ramalekana & S Fredman ‘Government SME relief package unfairly discriminates against non-citizens’ Daily Maverick, (April 2020)
- N Ramalekana, ‘A duty to implement affirmative action/reservations for India and South Africa?’ (Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, February 2020)
- N Ramalekana ‘Affirmative Action in South Africa: The Urgency of Accounting for Historically Entrenched White Privilege and Power’ (Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, 13 July 2018)
- N Ramalekana, ‘Balancing the Scales in Eviction Cases in South Africa: A Note on Occupiers of erven 87 & 88 Berea v Christiaan Frederick De Wet’ (Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, 28 June 2017)
- N Ramalekana, ‘Human Dignity, Land Dispossession, And the Right To Security Of Tenure: A Note On The South African Constitutional Court’s Judgement In Daniels v Scribante’ (Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, 26 May 2017)
Conference and Research Papers
- N Ramalekana, ‘Developing an indigenous framework for intersectionality in South African Constitutional Law’ Paper written for the ‘International Conference on Affirmative Action and the Sustainable Development Goal of Gender Equality’ in Tamil Nadu, India (September 2018)
- S Fredman, M Campbell, N Ramalekana, R Sahgal, M Harris, T Koyithar & A Taylor, ‘Redressing the Race Pay Gap: Submissions to the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’ (December 2018)
- S Fredman, S Atrey, M Campbell, S Samtani, N Ramalekana, & J Brickhill, ‘Achieving Transformative Equality for Persons with Disabilities: Submission to the CRPD Committee for General Comment No.6 on Article 5 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ (November 2017)
Public Talks and Other Media
- Hosted Dr Foluke Adebisi (University of Bristol Law) ‘A Decolonial Approach to Education and the Law’ for the Oxford Human Rights Hub Podcast, RightsUp, 0ctober 2020
A presentation titled ‘Race, gender & class in the lab & seminar room’ at Focus on Research Africa’ (FORA) Conference by the Africa Oxford Initiative, 17 May 2019
- Rhodes Ahead: Professor Sandy Fredman & Nomfundo Ramalekana Interview, 16 August 2019
Academic Awards and Recognition
- 2019-2020: Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow in the Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Melbourne
- 2018: Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship
- 2015: South Africa-at-Large Rhodes Scholarship
- 2013: Full Academic Colours, University of Pretoria
- 2012: Tereza Lister Prize for Most Promising Female Law Student in Penultimate Year