School of Law

Mr Khulekani Khumalo


Telephone: +27 33 260 5037
Campus: Pietermaritzburg
Building & Room: Law Building, Room 12, 2nd Floor


Mr Khulekani Khumalo is a lecturer in the fields of Introduction to Law, Legal Research, Writing and Reasoning; Specific Offences; Moots; and Administrative Law. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree Cum Laude and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree cum Laude from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Khumalo is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. His research interest is in public order and state security measures.

Academic Qualifications:

  • LLB (UKZN)
  • LLM (UKZN)

Professional Qualifications

  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Research Interests:

  • Criminal law
  • Constitutional law


Chapters in books
  • K Khumalo ‘The public violence stance on disruptive but non-violence protests’ in PJ Schwikkard and SV Hoctor (eds) A reasonable man: Essays in honour of Jonathan Burchell (2019) 168-181.
  • SV Hoctor & K Khumalo ‘Energy’ in WA Joubert (3 ed) The Law of South Africa Vol 17 (2018) paras 1-179.
  • M Carnelley & K Khumalo ‘The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act 46 of 1998’ in SV Hoctor Cooper’s Motor Law 2ed (revision service 4, 2017).
Articles in accredited journals
  • K Khumalo ‘A commentary on the principles underpinning the crime of public violence committed by means of threat of violence’ (2019) 32 SACJ 223-232.
  • K Khumalo ‘Towards resuscitating the ailing public violence jurisprudence – Lessons from history’ (2017) 30 SACJ 23-37.
  • K Khumalo ‘The meaning of ‘force’ ‘violence’ and ‘threats of violence’ for purposes of the crime of public violence’ (2016) 29 SACJ 44-53.
  • K Khumalo ‘Developing the crime of public violence as a remedy to the violation of the rights of non-protesters during violent protests and strikes – a critical analysis of the South African jurisprudence’ (2015) 36 Obiter 578-599.
Recent papers delivered
  • 20 – 24 January 2020: “Are disruptive protests compatible with peaceful protests?: A criminal law perspective” at the Southern African Law Teachers Conference, University of Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Skukuza.
  • 12 June 2017 (paper delivered on invitation): “The crime of public violence as a remedy to the violent police-citizen encounters in South Africa” at the Conference on Rethinking the Encounter with the Police: From Marikana to Ferguson, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town (co-hosting with the University of Missouri).
  • 16-20 January 2017: “When is protest action ‘violent’ for purposes of the crime of public violence” at the Southern African Law Teachers Conference, University of Namibia, Swakopmund.
  • 4 – 5 February 2016: “Violent protests – a challenge for South Africa’s constitutional dispensation” at 1st Annual Emerging Legal Scholarship Conference, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.
Other publications
  • K Khumalo ‘The constitutionality of criminalising peaceful protests’ (October 2018) 18(9) Without Prejudice 18-19.
  • K Khumalo ‘Protest action and the law: Emerging developments’ (October 2018) e-Mantshi Newsletter (issue 147) available at
  • K Khumalo ‘Lesson for landlords who supply electricity to tenants’ (September 2017) e-Mantshi Newsletter (issue 135) available at
  • K Khumalo ‘Protesting peacefully beyond the law is no crime’ (August 2017) 17(7) Without Prejudice 19-20.
  • K Khumalo ‘Authoritative pronouncement on the proper interpretation and implementation of the AARTO: Fines4U CC and Another v JMPD and Others 2014 (4) SA 89 (GJ)’ (September 2016) e-Mantshi Newsletter (issue 124) available at
  • K Khumalo ‘Speak now or forever hold your peace Mr NDPP’ (February 2016) e-Mantshi Newsletter (issue 117) available at
  • K Khumalo & S Hoctor ‘Authoritative support for criminal sanctions aimed at protecting the
    rights of non-protesters during protests and strikes’ (2015) e-Mantshi Newsletter (issue 109)
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  • K Khumalo ‘A word of caution’ (June 2015) 15(5) Without Prejudice 80-81.