Thoko has a Master of Politcal Studies degree from Wits. The research paper for her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree was titled: “Public Services in South Africa. A Historical Contextual and Theoretical View, using the Limpopo Textbook Crisis (2011-2013) as a Case Study”. Her current research focuses on whether the decentralization in South Africa is useful for the development and problem solving capabilities of the public administration. Thoko’s research interests in general include political philosophy, the democratic developmental state and public policy. Her professional work experience has been in NGOs that work on building and sustaining democracies, offering development funding and litigation for women’s rights.
She is currently working on her PhD, under the PARI PSETA Scholarship and employed as an Associate Lecturer of Political Studies at Wits University.