Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is a research professor in trauma, memory and forgiveness at the University of the Free State. She was previously associate professor of Psychology at the University of Cape Town, becoming a full professor in 2010.
Gobodo-Madikizela served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as coordinator of victims’ public hearings in the Western Cape. This experience led her to write the award-winning book A Human Being Died That Night, about her interactions with the infamous apartheid assassin Eugene de Kock. It won the Alan Paton Literary Award, and formed the basis for a play of the same name which played to acclaim in London in 2013 and in South Africa in 2014.
She works with various organisations within South Africa and internationally to facilitate processes of forgiveness, overcoming collective trauma, and reconciliation.