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Nomfundo Ramalekana


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.

Research Interests

Constitutional law, human rights law, anti-discrimination law, feminist legal theory and critical race theory.


Constitutional Law (for 2021).


Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Nomfundo Ramalekana, ‘What’s So Wrong with Quotas? An Argument for the Permissibility of Quotas under s 9(2) of the South African Constitution’ [2020] Constitutional Court Review 252.

Book Chapters

  • 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).

Digital Scholarship

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)

Public Talks and Other Media

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