Professor Mpume Zondi (PhD)

AboutProfessor Mpume Zondi (PhD)

Nompumelelo “Mpume” Zondi, a Professor and Head of the Department of African Languages at the University of Pretoria, holds a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is an NRF-rated scholar. She is passionate about women’s and children’s rights advocacy and the alleviation of gender-based inequalities.

Her recent monograph, Bahlabelelelani-Why do they sing? Gender and Power in Contemporary Women’s Songs (2020) is a unique contribution to unlocking women’s agency in rural KwaZulu-Natal. Published by UKZN Press with financial support by the NIHSS, the book contributes to gender discourse while nuancing the meanings of Zulu womanhood in a patriarchal society.