Patriarchal Violence: A systemic war on our bodies

We are starting a new series titled Patriarchal Violence: A systemic war on our bodies.

The series will be dealing with broad histories of gender and violence in South Africa and across the world. We hope for our first discussion to speak to the ongoing cultures of violence against queer, trans and femme people and how we can cultivate forms of care and resistance for ourselves and our communities during this time of physical distance.

Nosipho Mngomezulu holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the university currently known as Rhodes University. She is interested in contemporary youth identification practices in South Africa and Mauritius. Her research is focused on three interrelated areas (1) how young people imagine the postcolonial nation, (2) intimacy and categorical identification and (3) anticolonial ethnographic practice and pedagogies. Alongside her work as an anthropologist and lecturer, Nosipho is a mentor, podcaster and community engagement facilitator. Nosipho is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar (2011), a visiting fellow at MICA, Ahmedabad (India) (2016); and for three years she taught an introduction to critical race theory at the Stanford Bing Overseas Studies Program in Cape Town (2016-2019). Nosipho has worked as a lecturer at the University of Cape Town and is currently a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. Between 2006–2015 Nosipho worked with community-based organisations to conceptualise community engagement programmes in Makhanda, including chairing and coordinating the city-wide annual event Trading Live for Mandela Week.

In 2019 Nosipho co-founded Off The Record (, a network of independently produced and published South African podcasts. She co-hosts two podcasts, The Academic Citizen and Is This Thing On? Her new podcast project Slow Learner is launching later this year.

Maneo Refiloe Mohale is a South African editor, feminist writer and poet. Their work has appeared in various local and international publications, including Jalada, Prufrock, The Beautiful Project, The Mail & Guardian,, and others. They’ve served as a contributing editor for The New York Times and i-D, among others. They were Bitch Media’s first Global Feminism Writing Fellow in their inaugural 2016 class, where they wrote on race, media, sexuality and survivorship. In 2017, they were Managing Editor of Platform Media, where they also served as Acting Arts Editor for The Mail and Guardian for four editions of M&G Friday and later moved on to be a Senior Media Coordinator for Arts and Culture at Collective Media.

They have been long-listed twice for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Award, and their debut collection of poetry, Everything is a Deathly Flower was published with uHlanga press in September 2019.

Nolwazi Tusini is a writer, speaker and sought after social commentator and thought leader. She has appeared on platforms such as eNCA, 702, Power 98.7 and the Big Debate contributing to conversations on politics and current affairs as well as gender, race and identity politics. She has also written on these issues for publications such as City Press and EWN as a guest columnist, and has hosted numerous talk shows on 702 and Power 98.7 as a stand-in presenter/anchor.

Nolwazi is a Ruth First Fellow, awarded the fellowship in 2016 by Wits University (Journalism School) for her research on the first generation of black students to enter multi-racial schools in South Africa.

In addition to this Nolwazi is a poet who has performed on the Out There Poetry Sessions stage at the Orbit jazz club, Word ‘n Sound Poetry Festival and Current State of Poetry stages.

*Maneo Mohale cites Care is an Antidote to Violence from the work of Black feminist filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary in this video.