Deputy Minister of Defence, Thabang
Mr Thabang Makwetla was born in Lydenburg,
Mpumalanga, South Africa, on 18 May 1957. In
1977 he matriculated from Mmabathoana High
School in Maseru.
His highest academic qualifications include a
Diploma in Public and Policy Development
Administration (PPDA) from Wits Graduate School
and a Diploma in Social Science from the Academy
of Social Sciences in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Mr Makwetla went into exile in 1976, where he
joined Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). He lived in
different countries in Africa
including Botswana, Angola,
Lesotho and Zambia where he carried out various
duties on behalf of the MK underground, until
After the dawn of democracy, he was appointed to
various positions such as a member of the Joint
Standing Committee on Defence from 1994 to 2001.
He was also a member of the Joint Standing
Committee on Intelligence from 1998 to 2001.
His dedication in serving the people of South
Africa was affirmed by his appointment as MEC
for Safety and Security in Mpumalanga Province
from 2001 to 2004. This elevation later resulted
in his appointment as Priemer of the Mpumalanga
Province in 2004, a position he held until he
joined the Department of Defence and Military