Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula


  • Title: Ms
  • Initials: NN
  • Surname: Mapisa-Nqakula
  • Names: Nosiviwe Noluthando
  • Date of Birth: Tuesday, November 13, 1956

Current Positions

Ms Mapisa-Nqkula is appointed as the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of the Republic of South Africa from 26 May 2014. She is also the Chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and member of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence since 1994; she has been a member of Parliament from 2004 and member of National Executive Council (NEC) of African National Congress (ANC) since December 2007.

Academic Qualifications

Ms Mapisa-Nqakula holds a Primary Teacher's Diploma from the Bensonvale Teacher TRG College and a Project Management with Canadian University Studies (CUSO). She also did the Basic Human Relations Course; Community Development course; Communications course; and she also trained in Youth Leadership and she is currently studying Psychology with the Newport University. She Matriculated from Mount Arthur High School.

Career/Memberships/Positions/Other Activities

She Taught at Bensonvale Junior Secondary School in 1978; and at St Matthews Teachers' Training College in 1979. She served as Youth Worker with Target Timothy (A project of SANSSA) from 1981 to 1982 and worked with open schools to help students from disadvantaged communities who were matric drop-outs.

She was a founder member of the East London Domestic Workers Association (ELDWA) in 1982, and served as Assistant Director of Masazane Open School (a project of the South African Institute of Race Relation-SAIRR)from 1982 to 1984. She also served as Head of Commission set up to investigate desertions of ANC MK members to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Angola in 1984.

Ms Mapisa-Nqakula Left the country and underwent military training in Angola and the Soviet Union respectively in 1984 and she served as a member of political and military structures in Soviet Union in 1985. She also attended Equality Development and Peace seminar in Nairobi in 1985 and worked with the political military structures of ANC from 1986 to 1988.

She represented the ANC Women's section to Pan African Women's Organisation (PAWO) from 1988 to 1990, during that time she also attended PAWO Regional seminar on the emancipation of women in Lusaka in 1989.

In 1990 she was deployed within the country to help rebuild ANC structures in 1990 during that period she attended Malibongwe Conference in Amsterdam. She also served as National organiser of the ANC Women's League and member of its National Executive between 1990 and 1993.

Ms Mapisa-Nqakula was a member of the Theme 3 Core Group of the Constitution Making Process since 1994; and served as a Secretary-General of the ANC Women's League and member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) respectively from 1993 to 1997. She served as Deputy Chairperson of ANC Political Committee and Chief Whip of majority party in 2001 and she has also served as the President of African National Congress Women League (ANCWL) from 2003 to 2008.

She has represented the ANC Women's section to the People's Republic of Angola for two years and in 1985 she attended 2nd ANC Consultative seminar in Kabwe. She has worked closely with women's organisations inside and outside the country.

Before her appointment as the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Mapisa-Nqakula had served as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs from 6 May 2002 to 28 April 2004, and then as Minister of Home Affairs from 29 April 2004 to 10 May 2009; and as Minister of Correctional Services of the Republic of South Africa from 11 May 2009 to 12 June 2012. Ms Mapisa-Nqakula was Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of the Republic of South Africa from 12 June 2012 to date. Source: Ministry of Correctional Services

Speeches, Statements & Media Release


The inaugural Defence Forces Day on 22 February 2013, Attridgeville, Pretoria 25/02/2013

It is an event that should give South Africans, the opportunity to interact with and celebrate our armed forces. To recognise the selfless contribution made by our soldiers in the defence of our sovereign integrity and national interest...

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Briefing the National Assembly of the Parliament of RSA, 23rd April 2013, Cape Town 23/04/2013

When the security situation in the CAR deteriorated earlier this year, the government made an assessment that resulted in the deployment of 200 additional troops in the CAR as a protection force for the trainers and the military assets that were already in that country....

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Media Release

Demands responsive action on allegations of assualt at the Oudtshoorn infantry school 08/05/2013  

When the report of this investigation was received, it was found to be inadequate, and the Minister ordered a second probe and that this probe be conducted by that Inspector General and must be widened to cover all the incidents of death, including those in the past...

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