Nomboniso Gasa biography, age, husband, qualifications & contact details

Nomboniso Gasa (born 12 February 1967 in Cape Town) is South African Researcher and analyst on gender, politics and cultural issues. She speaks publicly on gender, politics, and culture.

Nomboniso is also a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Law and Society of the law faculty of the University of Cape Town.

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Nomboniso Gasa biography
Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act: Nomboniso Gasa
  • Real Name: Papama Nomboniso Gasa
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: 12 February 1967
  • Place of birth: Cape Town
  • Profession: Researcher and analyst on gender, politics and cultural issues
  • Spouse: Raymond Suttner


She was born on the 12th of February, 1967 in Cape Town. Papama Nomboniso Gasa is 53 years old.

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Melting at OR Tambo airport.

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  • BA, University of the Western Cape Commissioner, Commission on Gender Equality.
  • Board member of the Development Bank of Southern Africa.
  • A feminist-activist, essayist, writer, and researcher who has published on many issues.
  • National Gender Machineries and Masculinist Representations of African Cultures.
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She is married to the South African activist, academic, journalist and public figure Raymond Suttner.


She focuses on the intersecting of land, living custom. Nomboniso also intersects the construction of identities and traditional leadership.

She served as the executive secretary in the 1990s. Her duty was to develop policy in the ANC’s Commission on the Emancipation of Women.

Nomboniso was also involved in the ANC’s decisive contribution to the negotiation of a new constitution. She had her main focus on gender equality.

She was also the head of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (I-IDEA) in Nigeria.

Nomboniso initiated and drove a huge research program with Nigerian and international scholars.

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She has released several publications including “Women in South African History” (2007, HSRC Press). 

Nomboniso has also published essays as an art critic in catalogs & written in popular media.


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Last night’s conversation with Albie Sachs was one of the best I have heard in a long time. It brought forward the multiple ways in which public discourse for social change has been impoverished and often distorted to suit the lowest common denominator. Albie dug deep and reflected on his personal journey – from dislocation in exile in England to finding his voice and place in Mozambique, “Mozambique helped me regain my confidence…” (Albie Sachs). He did not speak about the Mozambique struggle in political rhetoric and empty slogans, he humanized that struggle and what FRELIMO tried to do when they took over. Listening to him, I was reminded of the strides made shortly after the independence especially in health and education. Had Mozambique been allowed to develop its own path after independence without the war, one wonders how far they would be today. Instead, they were forced to confront a war that left vast tracks of land ravished by antipersonnel mines (land mines). Manipulation of tribal identity was a big factor in the Mozambique civil war. Therefore, Machel’s words “For the nation to survive the tribe must die" must be understood in the context of that time iand the struggle to build unity in an era when tribalism was entrenched to undermine the nation building project. Albie and I agreed that Machel was right and wrong in his articulation. The important part of the conversation was in unpacking the statement. To build common identity does not require an obliteration of difference. Honouring the dignity of others is important as the dignity we claim for ourselves whether we are looking at the so-called foreigners who are subject to xenophobic attacks in our communities and cities. Similarly, denial of race as often heard from people who proclaim “we must be blind to race” is not a healthy basis on which we can build a non-racial society. “The struggle for non-racialism is not the struggle of ‘non’ people.” (Albie Sachs). To build a non-racial society we must be anti-racist and recognise race as an integral part of South Africa’s structural construction and how this informs every aspect of our lives.

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She has actively participated in political activism since her teenage years.

As a result, led her to detention (first) without trial and her torture when she was fourteen (14) in the former Transkei.


  1. The HSRC Council.Pdf“. Our People retrieved 2020-18-02.
  2. Ms Nomboniso Gasa“. UCT Research Portal retrieved 2020-18-02.
  3. Biographies“. HKW retrieved 2020-18-02.
  4. Nomboniso Gasa: Long and short of the gender issue“. Mail & Guardian Percy Zvomuya. 21 Nov 2013 retrieved 2020-18-02.

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