MEET Ebrahim Fakir

Awarded the Ruth First Fellowship for 2014 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg – Ebrahim Fakir is currently the Director of Programs at ASRI and was part time lecturer at the WITS School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg for 2018. He is an editorial advisor to the independent start-up media house “Daily Vox” & regularly contributes analysis, opinion and comment articles to the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times and News 24, amongst others and regularly appears in the electronic broadcast media as an analyst and commentator. Formerly Senior Researcher and Analyst at the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg [2003-2009], he worked at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) [1998-2003] at both IDASA’s Pretoria and Cape Town offices and he also worked at the first democratic Parliament of the Republic of South Africa (1996-1998) in the Legislation and Oversight Division.

Before that, he was junior lecturer in English Literature at the then University of Durban-Westville (1994-1996). He read for a degree in English Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand; Johannesburg where he was elected on to the Students Representative Council. He was visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (2005/2006) and was a Draper Hills Summer Fellow at the Centre for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, for a month-long summer programme in 2011.

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Ebrahim Fakir

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Economics & Politics


Death to the debate on the death penalty

Cyclically, after every incident of a well-publicised violent crime, society suddenly re-focuses on crime as a major social problem.

Ebrahim Fakir

Hopeless hope: Confidence in ANC’s organisational, institutional reform is misplaced

Reject the parties that accept the Electoral Amendment Bill

Political parties represented in Parliament have squandered a rare opportunity to structure a political and party system that is people-centric.


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