MA Student

Lerato Violet Pitso is a 26-year-old scholar from Lesotho with a rich academic background in Social Sciences and a strong focus on labour studies. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Criminology and Sociology from the University of the Free State and an Honours degree in Labour, Economic, and Development Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand. Currently, Lerato is pursuing her Master’s in the same field at the University of the Witwatersrand, sponsored by the Society, Work and Politics Institute (SWOP) under the “Violent States, States of Violence” project. Her research delves into the motivations behind precarious workers seeking assistance from the Casual Workers Advice Office (CWAO) within the framework of ‘violent democracy’. Lerato views CWAO’s formation as a revolutionary response to poor working conditions, considering it a form of structural violence intertwined with broader societal violence. Passionate about addressing precarious employment, her work aims to advocate for and improve the working conditions of marginalized labour groups.