The conferral will place at the UJ’s newly refurbished auditorium at the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus on Monday afternoon, the UJ said in a statement.
Serote had lectured at universities abroad and in South Africa and currently led the UJ’s postgraduate students in a project to document indigenous knowledge systems at the African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (ACEPS).
“Spending nine months in solitary confinement in an apartheid prison in 1969 and 18 years in exile, Prof Serote's commitment to ‘intervene and disrupt racism in all fields of human agency’ is evident in his widely-celebrated contribution to the literature and poetry of black identity and resistance,” UJ professor of philosophy and executive dean of the faculty of humanities Alex Broadbent said.
“Mongane Serote is a true African intellectual in the tradition of the African philosophic sage – a profoundly wise person. He is the embodiment of philosophy as the love of wisdom, in the context of both traditional and modern Africa.