Thato joined SERI as a researcher in March 2019. She holds an MA in Politics (with distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand and an MSc in African Politics (with Merit) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She also received her Bachelor of Arts Joint Honours degree (Politics and International Relations) from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Thato’s latest research explores the place of the law in society. She is interested in the ways in which the law can be used as a tool for good but also understanding the ways in which it is often weaponised against the most marginal and vulnerable groups in society.
- Rubber bullets: Banning them is not impossible — it’s imperative, Thato Masiangoako and Mary Rayner, Daily Maverick (31 May 2021).
- State violence in South Africa, Thato Masiangoako and Tebogo Tshehlo, Afrika.no (27 February 2021).
- Can our police be trusted with their weapons?, Mary Rayner, Thato Masiangoako and Neil Corney, Mail & Guardian (12 November 2020).
- Marikana massacre: The devastating impact of the narrative painted by business, police and the state, Khuselwa Dyantyi and Thato Masiangoako, Daily Maverick (26 August 2020).
- Inner-city raids: criminal police conduct violates residents’ privacy and dignity, Thato Masiangoako, Mail & Guardian (18 March 2020).
- Laws must be adapted to SA’s current reality, Thato Masiangoako, Mail & Guardian (21 February 2020).
- For better police, we must support IPID and other institutions that can ensure this, Thato Masiangoako, Daily Maverick (23 October 2019).
- Protests may be inconvenient, but they are drivers of social change, Thato Masiangoako, City Press (4 April 2019).