Vusi Gumede Academy & Research is an intellectual project and professional network where individuals can discuss analytical questions, issues and exchange different views and perspectives.


Prof. Vusi Gumede in brief

Vusi Gumede is a Professor at the University of South Africa and Director of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.

Previously, he was an associate professor at the University of Johannesburg. Among other lecturing jobs, he lectured public policy during 2009‑2014 at the erstwhile Graduate School of Public and Development Management of the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

He worked for the South African government in various capacities for about 12 years – he was chief policy analyst, among other things, in The Presidency. 



Radical socio-economic transformation is bigger than inclusive growth
Mail & Guardian opinion article

02-08 June 2017 

It is becoming clear that radical socio-economic transformation is bigger that inclusive growth. The government and the African National Congress (ANC), at least as far the rhetoric is concerned, are also making clear that what is at stake is not just economic transformation as has largely been the case since 1994.


South Africa’s future becomes clearer
June 2016

For good or bad, or for better or worse, the future of South Africa is becoming clearer. The signs are everywhere for everyone to see. It is better to deal with a clear future than an uncertain one, even if the future might look ugly. Now that South Africa’s future becomes clearer, we can all plan better.


South African hip-hop music: reflections on youth culture and socio-politics 
Gcino Mlaba
“… And since we all came from a woman Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women — do we hate our women? I think it's time to kill for our women Time to heal our women, be real to our women And if we don't we'll have a race of babies That will hate the ladies that make the babies And since a man can't make one He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one So will the real men get up? I know you're fed up, ladies, but keep ya head up…” (Part of a verse from 2 Pac Shakur’s “Keep Ya Head UP”, 1993)