The students on the LLM/MPhil programme in human rights and democratisation in Africa are assigned to human rights clinics which contributes to the work of the Centre’s research units and give the students practical experience and advance the Centre’s mission towards the realisation of human rights in Africa.

Media Portrayal of Xenophobia in South Africa:  The fine line between factual and biased reporting

Is South Africa’s media to blame for xenophobia? Lindiwe Sisulu – former International Relations and Co-operation – certainly thinks so. Last year, she accused the media of sensationalizing the situation, by making a few ‘criminal incidents’ look like a systemic problem with foreigners. Do media houses have a responsibility to consider the effects of their publications when reporting on incidents of Xenophobia? What is the difference between objective reporting and reporting that is biased against foreign nationals?


  1. Draft recommendations to publication houses on ensuring that their reporting does not condone nor foment violence in their reporting.
  2. What solutions would you present to bodies such as SABC and ICASA when regulating the media sector?

Pan-African Parliament 

In the wake of the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the world finds itself in a difficult position and is forced to take radical actions. Some of these actions meant countries around the world have been forced to close borders, restrict international and local air travel and national lockdowns. The PAP as an organ of the African Union and the continental Parliament has had to postpone its May 2020 Ordinary Session.


  1. Undertake a study on the impact of COVID-19 on the PAP ‘s ability to fulfil its mandate.

Members 2020

Hari Tesfaye
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Sorie Bangura
Sierra Leone
Luyanda Sibanda
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe




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