Mbalenhle Matandela is a Black radical feminist activist and storyteller currently doing her MSc in African Studies, with a research focus on social media as a tool for expressing academic freedom and feminist activism in Uganda. Her other research interests include race and resistance, gender and media, feminist education, gender-based violence and militarism.
Mbalenhle has previously worked in civil society as the Project Coordinator of the Right to Protest Project at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at the University of the Witwatersrand. In civil society, Mbalenhle provided support for social movements across South Africa advance and protect their constitutional right to protest. Mbalenhle received her Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours degree in Gender and Transformation from the University of Cape Town as a Mellon Mays Social Science Graduate Research Fellow. Her research focused on her and other Black women’s experiences in the #RhodesMustFall movement, which has been published in the Agenda Journal as Redefining Black Consciousness and resistance: The intersection of Black Consciousness and Black feminist thought.