Discipline of Philosophy

Prof Mojalefa LJ Koenane

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Discipline Leader
Tel: 012 429 6876
E-mail: koenamlj@unisa.ac.za


  • PhD Governance & Political Transformation (University of the Free State) (2009);
  • MA Governance & Political Transformation (University of the Free State) (2005);
  • MPhil (Applied Ethics) (Stellenbosch University) (2000);
  • STB – (Pontifical University Urbaniana) (1990);
  • Academic Consultancy Training (Wageningen University for Research) (2008)

Currently teaching

  • PLS2602 (African Ethics and Politics);
  • PLS3701 (Theoretical and Applied Ethics: Business Ethics);
  • HRPLS81 (Philosophy Research Report);
  • PLS4803 (Trends in Contemporary Philosophy: Gadamer and Masolo);
  • PLS4804 (A thorough study of an approved philosophical problem: Moral Philosophy)

Fields of academic interests

  • Ethics
  • Governance
  • Political Philosophy
  • Cultural/African Philosophy

Field of Specialisation

  • Ethics
  • Applied  Ethics
  • African Philosophy
  • Political/Social Philosophy
  • Phenomenology


  • The Significance of traditional leadership in South Africa: Incorporating Traditional African Political Culture into Modern System of Governance. Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN: 9783846594834. (2012).

Book chapters:

  • Chapter 9 – African Conceptual Scheme and Belief in Witches in AK arap Chekwony & PMLJ Hess. Human Views on God: Variety not Monotony, Pages 71-78. ISBN: 9966-854-60-6. Date of Publication (2010).
  • Chapter 14 – Communicable and Chronic Diseases in MC. Maphalala; R. Tabane; R. Rosen; J. Snowman and E. Weinstein (Eds). Educational Psychology and Teaching Children about Health Book. (2015): pp. 217-233. Publisher: Cengage Learning. ISBN: 9781473709188.Date of Publication (2015).

Journal articles

  • A Critical Appraisal of Masolo’s Non-Obligation to Share Wealth: Towards Sustainable Economic Justice in Africa. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences. Volume 5, Number 2 (2014): pp.181-186. ISSN: 2039-9340 – http://DOI:5901/mjss.2014.v5n2p181.

  • Afrophobia, moral and political disguises: Sepa leholo ke la moeti. Td: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa. Special Edition Volume 11, Number 4, (2015): pp. 83-98. ISSN: 1817-4434 – Print.

  • In Defence of the Basotho Concept of Marriage: Chobediso and Chobedisano. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences. Volume 5, Number 20 (2014): pp. 2199-2210. ISSN: 2039-9340 – http://DOI:10.5901/mjss.v5n20p2199.

  • The ANC and Traditional Authorities in Historical Perspective. INDILINGA: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge System. Volume 7, Issue 1. (2008): pp. 87-102. ISSN: 1683-0296 – Print.

  • The Phenomenology of Illness, Healing and Cure among Africans: Our Way or Theirs. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences. April Special Edition, Volume 5(6), (2014): pp. 363-374. ISSN: 2039-9340 – Print. (http://DOI:10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n6p363). 

  • Towards an ethical recontextualisation of Freud’s Theory of Personality. Phronimon: Journal of the South African Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities. Vol. 15(1): 2014, pp. 1-15.  ISSN: 1561-4018 - Print.

  • Xenophobic attacks in South Africa: an ethical response – have we lost the underlying spirit of Ubuntu? International Journal of Science, Commerce and Humanities. Volume 1(6): 2013, pp. 106-111. ISSN 2052-6164 - Print.

  • Philosophical rumination ongelede: An ultra-spectacle performance. Cultura: International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology. Vol. 13(2): 2016, pp. 43-52. ISSN: 2065-5002 – Print.
  • Is it the end or just the beginning of ubuntu? Response to Matolino and Kwindingwi in view of Metz’s rebuttal. South African Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 36(2): 2017. ISSN: 0258-0136. http://DOI:10.1080/02580136.2016.1225188. 

  • Euthanasia considerations in the South African context: A philosophical and theological response. Verbum et Ecclesia, Vol. 38(1), a1549. (2017). (http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v38i1.1549). ISSN: 1609-9982 - Print.

  • Politics without morality and accountability the Nkandla case from a deontological perspective. Td: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, Vol. 13(1), a383. (2017). (http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/td.v12i1.335). ISSN: 1817-4434 - Print.

  • A Critical reaction to Laine Randjarv’s historicity of epistolarity from an African perspective. TRAMES, (2017) Vol. 21(1) pp. 61-78. (https://doi.org/10.3176/tr.2017.1.05). ISSN: 1406-0922.

  • Ethics, accountability and democracy as pillars of good governance: Case of South Africa. African Journal of Public Affairs, (2017), Vol. 9(5): pp. 61-73. ISSN: 1997-7441.

  • A Critical reaction to Laine Randjarv’s historicity of epistolarity from an African perspective. TRAMES – Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, (2017), Vol. 21(1) pp. 61-78. (https://doi.org/10.3176/tr.2017.1.05). ISSN: 1406-0922.

  • The linguistic authoritativeness of monyala ka pedi as a principle of negotiating marriage, INDILINGA Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, (2017)  Vol. 16, Number 1. (2017): pp. 89-99 ISSN: 1683-0296 - Print. 

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Editorial Board Member: Inkanyiso Journal of Humanities (University of Zululand)
  • Editor: Phronimon
  • Member Southern African Philosophy Society
  • International Golden Key Award