Professor Sakhela Buhlungu is Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Fort Hare since 2017, and was confirmed for his second term in November 2021. Previously he was Dean of Humanities at the University Cape Town and Deputy Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Pretoria. Before that he held senior academic positions at several South African universities, including the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg and University of Pretoria. He is the author of A Paradox of Victory: Unions and the democratic transformation of South Africa (2010, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press) and editor of COSATU’s Contested Legacy: South African Trade Unions in the second decade of democracy (2012, HSRC Press & Brill, with Malehoko Tshoaedi) and Trade Unions and Democracy: COSATU Workers' Political Attitudes in South Africa (2006, HSRC Press).
He has authored or co-authored more than seventy scholarly publications in the field of labour studies. He holds a PhD in Sociology (University of the Witwatersrand, 2002) a Master’s in Industrial Sociology (University of the Witwatersrand, 1996), a BA Honours in African Studies (University of Cape Town, 1986), and a BA in History & Political Science (University of Transkei, 1982). Professor Buhlungu is an active contributor to and facilitator of critical debates on social change and transformation in South Africa.