Hlengiwe Ndlovu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand. She is a doctoral fellow at Transforming Humanities Through Humanities Through Interdisciplinary Knowledge (THINK), and a doctoral associate at Society, Work and Politics Institute (SWOP). She is a 2018 Margaret McNamara Memorial Trust – African Programme fellow and a Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust scholar. Ndlovu is the co-editor of the book Rioting and Writing: Diaries of the Wits Fallists (2017).
The study explores the shifting patterns of resistance and claim-making from apartheid to post-apartheid drawing from the experiences of Duncan Village in Eastern Cape Province. It seeks to unpack the salience of protest actions in the new democratic dispensation by drawing on the meanings, continuities and discontinuities during apartheid and post-apartheid era. The project is based on an ethnographic study drawing evidence from a triangulation of interviews, archival sources and observation to enable the phenomenon to be looked from different dimensions to enhance internal validity and reliability. The analysis will be based on a multi-layered qualitative analysis technique that includes text and thematic content analysis. The study brings in the role of the state at the centre of the analysis of protest meanings, continuities and discontinuities by drawing from both state agents and subaltern narratives unlike the dominant scholarship that almost pay lip service to the perspective of state agents.