Minister of Defence, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu
Ms Lindiwe Sisulu assumed office on 11 May
2009. She succeeded Mr Charles Nqakula who left
office on 08 May 2009. Whilst the Deputy
Minister Mr Thabang Makwetla succeeded Mr Fezile
Ms Sisulu was born in Johannesburg, South
Africa, on 10 May 1954. In 1973 she completed
the GCE Advanced Level certificate, at Waterford
Kamhlaba, in Swaziland.
Her highest academic qualification is a
Master of Arts in History obtained from the
University of York, in the United Kingdom (UK). Ms Sisulu holds amongst others a
Masters degree in Philosophy from the University
of York, Bachelor of Arts in history from the
University of Swaziland and Bachelor of Arts in
Education from the University of Swaziland.
She was detained for political activities
from 1975-1976. Upon her release she went into
exile where she joined Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK)
and worked for underground structures of the
African National Congress (ANC). She received
military training, specialising in Intelligance
Whilst in exile she held several positions.
She taught at Manzini Central High School in
1981, and later became a lecturer in the History
Department at University of Swaziland in 1982.
In 1983 she was employed by The Times of
Swaziland newspaper as a sub-editor. After this
she went back to the Education Department where
she became a Chief Examiner for Junior
Certificate Examinations Syndicate in Botswana,
Lesotho and Swazliland from 1985-1987.
In 1990 she worked as Personal Assistant to
the current President, Mr Jacob Zuma. The
positions she has held include Chief
Administrator for the ANC at the Convention for
a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) in 1991,
Administrator of Intelligence, ANC Department of
intelligence and Security in 1992, Chairperson
of the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on
Intelligence since 1995 to 1996.
In 1996 she was appointed Deputy Minister of
Home Affairs until 2001, after which she was
appointed Minister for Intelligence Services
until 2004. It was after the second National
democratic elections that she became Minister of
Housing. A portfolio she held until her
appointment as Minister of Defence and Military