Since the beginning of this year, Dr Joel Modiri is the youngest professor at the University of Pretoria’s law faculty — at age 29. Modiri, who is also the acting head of the university’s department of jurisprudence, is a member of the South African Human Rights Commission’s committee on equality, and was featured in the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans in 2018. He talks to Nicolene de Wee about racism and hate speech, youth empowerment, and his love of good wine and Afro-Cuban jazz
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