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Speaker From

South Africa


Cape Town

State | County | Province

Western Cape

Speaker Bio

Judith February is a distinguished political analyst in the public arena who has made an exceptional impact with her ease to quietly dissect the facts and deliver a cutting- edge analysis both as commentator and writer.

Judith  is a lawyer, governance specialist and columnist. She is based at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) as a Senior Research Associate and is a Visiting Fellow at the WITS School of Governance. Prior to that she was executive director of the HSRC’s Democracy and Governance unit and also head of the Idasa’s South African Governance programme for 9 years.

A fierce anti-corruption advocate, Judith’s qualifications and expertise have earned her the esteemed reputation of a factual, hard-hitting, enlightened and extremely articulate commentator whose counsel and mediatory skills are sought out on platforms around the country by political leaders, business leaders and the diplomatic corps alike.

She studied at the University of Cape Town where she obtained her BA degree (majoring in Law and Latin) and her LlB degree in 1991 and 1993 respectively. She was then admitted as an attorney in 1996 and practised law in Cape Town until 2000. In 2000 she obtained her LlM in Commercial Law also from the University of Cape Town.

Judith has worked extensively on issues of good governance, transparency and accountability within the South African context.

Her areas of focus include corruption and its impact on governance, Parliamentary oversight and institutional design.

Judith February is also a regular commentator in the media on politics in SA and served on an ad hoc panel to evaluate the effectiveness of South Africa’s Parliament, chaired by Pregs Govender in 2009. In 2009 she was awarded a summer fellowship at the Freeman Spogli Institute for Democracy Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, California.

Judith February

Her column, ‘Between the Lines’ appeared in the Cape Times newspaper fortnightly until 2014.  Judith is a regular columnist for the Daily Maverick and other publications.  She is the co-editor with Neeta Misra-Dexter of ‘Testing democracy: which way is South Africa going?’, March 2010, Idasa.

She has taught a course on Contemporary South African politics within the Politics Department at the University of Cape Town and is an independent, non-executive director of Coronation Fund Managers. In 2012, she was awarded a Spring Reagan-Fascell Fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC where she was based until August 2012.

Judith is also the Chair of the Springfield Convent School Board of Governors, where she matriculated. Judith is also a CONFLICT DYNAMICS accredited commercial mediator.

Her new book is ‘Turning and turning: exploring the complexities of South Africa’s democracy’ published by Pan MacMillan.

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