Patronus: A horse
“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy
With a multi-disciplinary background in African Studies, Politics, International Relations, Sociology, Gender Studies, Media Studies and Law, Sandile holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Writing Studies as well as a postgraduate Bachelor of Laws, both from the University of Cape Town.
She has worked as a strategic communicator, public interest litigator, public policy analyst, human rights campaigner and advocacy specialist in the social justice sector for 8 years. Most recently as the Advocacy Coordinator at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), she has served in various organisations and movements working to dismantle the white supremacist, capitalist cis-hetero patriarchy in Africa and beyond. As a member of the #MustFall movement, she co-founded the UCT: Trans Collective and later the Trans University Forum (TUF!) which aims to mobilise the collective power of trans students, staff and workers at all 26 South African universities. She serves on the boards of the Triangle Project, the oldest queer rights organisation in South Africa as well as the Trans Wellness Project and SCOPE Facilitation, nascent queer trans rights organisations in South Africa. When she isn’t working she splits her spare time between tending to her plants, (unsuccessfully) trying to recreate her grandmother’s recipes and taking lots of naps. She speaks English and IsiZulu.