The home of political studies & international relations in SA

Become part of a vibrant network of political scientists and international relations scholars researching & teaching in South Africa.

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The organisation hosts the bi-annual conference to bring together academics and students in the field who are producing cutting-edge research on politics in South Africa, Africa, and the rest of the world. The conference covers a wide range of topics within the discipline of politics and international relations. Watch the space for regional colloquia coming up in 2022.

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At a glance


Links and contact details to departmental websites in various universities.

Our Members

We have leading & emerging scholars researching key topics which can help stakeholders.


A journal dedicated to publishing the scholarship of leading political scientists in the country & continent.

Research committees

Get involved by serving in research committees focusing on crucial topics.

International links

We are affiliated to the African Association of Political Studies & the International Association of Political Science.


Check out past conferences and regional colloquia.


An elected Council and an Executive Committee govern the affairs of SAAPS. The latter consists of the president, vice-president and secretary, and treasurer.

Prof Vusi Gumede
Prof Vusi Gumede


Dr Lebogang Legodi
Dr Lebogang Legodi

Vice President

Ongama Mtimka PhD
Ongama Mtimka PhD


Sanet Solomon
Sanet Solomon