Thato joined SERI as a researcher in March 2019. Her research explores the place of the law in society, policing, protests and other forms of public participation. She is interested in the ways in which the law can be used as a tool for justice as well as understanding the ways in which it is often weaponised against the vulnerable and marginalised groups in society.
Thato holds an M.A. in Politics (with distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand and an M.Sc. in African Politics (with Merit) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She also holds a B.A. Joint Honours degree (Politics and International Relations) from the University of the Witwatersrand, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.
- Thato Masiangoako, Kelebogile Khunou and Alana Potter (2022) "Fighting for water in South Africa: public participation, water rights claiming and strengthening governance", H2Open Journal, Volume 5 Issue 1, pp. 98-114.
- Lisa Chamberlain and Thato Masiangoako (2021) "Third time lucky? Provincial intervention in the Makana Local Municipality", South African Law Journal, Volume 138 Issue 2, pp. 425-461.
- Thato Masiangoako (2018) "Rationalizing injustice: The reinforcement of legal hegemony in South Africa", South African Crime Quarterly, No. 66, pp. 7-17.
- 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).