Judith February: Executive Officer

Judith February is a lawyer, governance specialist, columnist and author. She has worked extensively on issues of good governance, transparency and accountability within the South African context.

With a BA LLB from the University of Cape Town, she was admitted as an attorney in 1996 and practised until 2000, when she obtained her LLM (Company Law) from the same university. In 2009 she was awarded a fellowship at Stanford University, California and another in 2012 at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC. She has taught at the University of Cape Town and is at present a Visiting Fellow at the Wits School of Governance.

Her varied work experience has seen her head the South African Governance programme at the Institute for Democracy in Africa and the Democracy and Governance Unit at the Human Sciences Research Council, and as a senior research associate at the Institute for Security Studies.

Public service has included membership of an ad hoc panel evaluating the effectiveness of Parliament (2009) and of the Interim Board of Cricket  South Africa (2020-2021).

She is a regular media analyst of South African politics. She had a fortnightly column in the Cape Times up until 2014 and today writes for the Daily Maverick and other publications. Her fortnightly newsletter on law and politics, ‘Judith’s Prudence’, appears online in the Daily Maverick.

In 2010 she co-edited Testing Democracy: Which Way is South Africa Going? (Idasa) and her own book, Turning and Turning: Exploring the Complexities of South Africa’s Democracy (Pan MacMillan), was published in 2018.

She is a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and an independent non-executive director of Coronation Fund Managers.