Dr. Ralph Mathekga started his studies in political science, law and economic history at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he completed his bachelor’s degree. He subsequently completed an honors degree in political science, as well as a masters in political science, at the same university. Dr. Mathekga completed his PhD in political studies at the University of Johannesburg.
Dr. Mathekga worked as a political, social and economic researcher with the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA). He also worked as a lecturer at the University of Western Cape, teaching courses in political studies. He has worked at the National Treasury (Ministry of Finance) in the Budget Office as a senior policy analyst. Dr. Mathekga regularly contributes content to local and international publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Financial Times, among others. He has written over 400 opinion articles in various newspapers and magazines both locally and internationally.
He is the author of the book “When Zuma Goes” (Tafelberg, 2016) and “Ramaphosa’s Turn” (Tafelberg, 2018). He is currently a News24 columnist.