Born on 28 July 1941 in Ixopo. A social scientist by training, Professor Paulus Zulu holds qualifications in diagnostic radiography and marketing management. He obtained his PhD from the then University of Natal, publishing extensively in the fields of politics and sociology, both nationally and internationally.
Since 1984, Zulu has written numerous chapters in books, including The Hefer Commission: An International Comparative Perspective issued in 2004 and Understanding the South African Political Culture published in 2012. In 2013, Zulu’s debut book, A Nation in Crisis: A Search for Morality, was released.
Apart from his academic writing, Zulu worked as a diagnostic researcher at King Edward VII Hospital and Ceza Hospital between 1965 and 1974. In 1986, he became a research assistant at the University of Natal, and later worked as a Human Resources Manager at Unilever.
Zulu served as research fellow and lecturer at the University of Zululand between 1982 and 1984, before working as senior research fellow and researcher at the University of Natal from 1985 to 1994. He then served as PRO Vice-Chancellor to students at the same institution, a role he fulfilled from 1995 until 2000.
Zulu has served as chairperson of various boards, including the SABC, Centre for Policy Studies and McCord Hospital, to name a few.
A member of the Board of the Human Sciences Research Council, Zulu has served as Director of the Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit at the University of KwaZulu-Natal since 2002. He has also been a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Vatican City Rome, since 1994.