Dr Chenai Matshaka

Dr Chenai MatshakaDr Chenai Matshaka is the Program Director for Applied Research at the Centre for Mediation in Africa (CMA). Her research interests include the role of civil society in transitional justice, how narratives of political violence have shaped the discourses of transitional justice, as well as peace processes around the world.  Chenai has published a monograph on transitional justice in Zimbabwe and co-authored articles in peer reviewed journals and chapters in edited texts focusing on traditional justice systems and how they shape experiences and notions of justice in contemporary African conflicts. She has also worked on various research projects focusing on the role of business in conflict, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals. Currently, Chenai is working on a postdoctoral research project focusing on women in mediation in Africa.

Research Profile


  • Matshaka, C. and Wielenga, C., 2022. Who is Being Served? How Competing Norms and Values Shape the Transitional Justice Agenda in Zimbabwe. Politikon49(1), pp.60-80.
  • Matshaka, C.G., 2022. Civil Society Narratives of Violence and Shaping the Transitional Justice Agenda in Zimbabwe. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Murambadoro, R and Matshaka, C.G. 2019.The Aftermath of Gukurahundi: Dealing with Wounds of the Genocide through Non-State Justice Processes in Bubi (Inyathi) and Nkayi Districts. In Benyera, E., 2019. Transitology, Transitional Justice, and Transformative Justice. Indigenous, Traditional, and Non-State Transitional Justice in Southern Africa: Zimbabwe and Namibia.
  • Bae, B.B., Dahlmanns, E., Wielenga, C. and Matshaka, C., 2018. Mending social relations. In Wielenga, C. (ed). Women in the Context of Justice. Centre for Sexualities, Aids and Gender, University of Pretoria