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Daniel Sichinga

Zambia & University of Cape Town, 2020

Daniel Lifuka Sichinga, preferably known by his traditional name as Izukanji (Izu) from Chingola, Zambia, is an LGBTQI+ hate crime researcher and criminologist. He is interested in policing, and victimological studies with a core focus on queering and decolonising criminology as a field of inquiry in the African context. His most recent research at the University of Cape Town, Centre of Criminology, where he studied for the MPhil in Criminology, Law and Society, focused on the ‘Untold Stories: Perceptions, Experiences, and Challenges of Frontline Police Officers in the Policing of LGBTQI+ hate crimes in Cape Town, South Africa’. The research predominantly looked at the entanglements and overlaps of cultural identities of police officers in the three spheres- the society, the police institution, and the nation.

As an aspiring PhD student at the University of Cape Town, Centre of Criminology, Izu plans on building on this research to focus on developing socio-legal theory using a southern decolonial criminological lens to understand the interplay of discretion in the criminal justice system and access to justice for LGBTQI+ victims of hate crimes who utilise non-governmental organisations in Southern Africa. Through this research, he hopes to contribute to developing a multisectoral approach that would aid criminal justice actors in best serving the victim in both spaces where decriminalisation of consensual same-sex intimacies has happened or is yet to be actualised in Africa.

Izu aspires to develop a social venture connecting young Queer men in Zambia, where he comes from, to mental health services- a project in its pilot phase. At UCT, where he attended as a 2020 Mandela Rhodes Scholar, he is a founding member of the Criminology Student Collective- a student-led organisation at the Centre of Criminology that connects students to career development and networking opportunities. He previously attended the African Leadership University, Mauritius campus and studied a BA (Hons) in Social Sciences.

Aside from his academic endeavours, Izu has worked with several organisations for internships and voluntarism, gaining vast experience in communication, project management, policy analysis, and research in financial services, education, agribusiness, events management, and the NGO sector. Izu is a singer/songwriter, mentor/coach, human rights advocate, youth leadership development practitioner and consultant.


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