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Lindiwe Sisulu

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Lindiwe Sisulu

Lindiwe Sisulu in New York - 2018 (44058077895) (cropped).jpg
Sisulu in New York City in 2018
Minister of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation
Assumed office
30 May 2019
PresidentCyril Ramaphosa
Preceded byNew Ministry
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
In office
27 February 2018 – 29 May 2019
PresidentCyril Ramaphosa
Preceded byMaite Nkoana-Mashabane
Succeeded byNaledi Pandor
Minister of Human Settlements
In office
26 May 2014 – 26 February 2018
PresidentJacob Zuma
Cyril Ramaphosa
Preceded byConnie September
Succeeded byNomaindia Mfeketo
Minister of Public Service and Administration
In office
12 June 2012 – 25 May 2014
PresidentJacob Zuma
Preceded byRoy Padayachie
Succeeded byCollins Chabane
Minister of Defence
In office
10 May 2009 – 12 June 2012
PresidentJacob Zuma
Preceded byCharles Nqakula
Succeeded byNosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Minister of Housing
In office
29 April 2004 – 10 May 2009
PresidentThabo Mbeki
Kgalema Motlanthe
Preceded byRob Davies
Succeeded byTokyo Sexwale (Human Settlements)
Minister of Intelligence
In office
24 January 2001 – 28 April 2004
PresidentThabo Mbeki
Preceded byJoe Nhlanhla
Succeeded byRonnie Kasrils
Personal details
Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu

(1954-05-10) 10 May 1954 (age 66)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Political partyAfrican National Congress
EducationUniversity of Swaziland (BA)
University of York (MA, MPhil)

Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu (born 10 May 1954) is a South African politician, member of parliament since 1994, serving as Minister of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation since May 2019 and member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress. She served before as Minister of Housing (2004 to 2009),[1] Minister of Defence and Military Veterans (2009 to 2012),[2] and was the Minister of Public Service and Administration from 2012 to 2014.[3]

Early life

Sisulu was born to revolutionary leaders Walter and Albertina Sisulu in Johannesburg.[4] She is the sister of journalist Zwelakhe Sisulu and politician Max Sisulu.

From 1975 to 1976, Sisulu was detained for her anti-apartheid activities. During her exile from 1977 to 1979 she joined the military wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe, specialising in Intelligence.[1][5]


In 1973, Lindiwe Sisulu graduated from Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa in Mbabane, Swaziland. In 1980, Sisulu received a BA degree and Diploma in Education, and in 1981 received a BA Hons in History from the University of Swaziland. She also received an MA in History, and in 1989 an MPhil from the Centre for Southern African Studies at the University of York in the UK.[1]

Early career

In the mid-1980s, Sisulu worked as a lecturer at the Manzini Teachers Training College.[6] In 1990, she became the main assistant to Jacob Zuma in the ANC's intelligence services.

Government career

Sisulu was first given an appointment in the government as deputy minister of home affairs in 1996, serving through 2001. While minister of defence she appointed Tony Yengeni to the Defense Review Committee.[7]

Presidential campaign

Sisulu has long been considered a potential presidential candidate, having passed on running in 2007 and 2012, she announced her presidential campaign on July 21 at Walter Sisulu square in Kliptown, where the Freedom Charter was adopted.[8] Sisulu adopted the slogan "It's a Must" where she called on supporters to join her in a "must do" campaign. Upon announcing her intention to run for president, she said: "What we must do is to cleanse the ANC and recover its original values". On 15 December 2017, Sisulu withdrew from the presidential contest, choosing instead to run for the position of Deputy President.[9] She was defeated by David Mabuza.

Foreign Relations Minister

When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his reshuffled cabinet, Sisulu was moved from the Ministry of Housing to the Ministry of Foreign Relations, replacing Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.


Lindiwe Sisulu's flagship housing project called the N2 Gateway has been embroiled in a number of controversies. Residents in Joe Slovo Informal Settlement adamantly refused to be relocated to Delft, Cape Town, to make way for government bond and free houses. After a protest by Joe Slovo residents, Sisulu drew significant criticism from civic groups for saying "if they choose not to cooperate with government, they will be completely removed from all housing waiting lists."[10][11] A spate of letters exchanged between Sisulu and UWC Professor Martin Legassick also received attention because Legassick called into question Sisulu's refusal to meet directly with the residents of Joe Slovo.[12]

In December 2007, the N2 Gateway also was host to the largest illegal occupation of houses in the country's history. The result has been the displacement of thousands of families into Temporary Relocation Areas and onto the pavement in Symphony Way.[13][14]

In September 2009, she appointed Paul Ngobeni as her legal advisor. This appointment was immediately challenged from various quarters, including Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) and the Standing Committee on Defense, because he is not qualified to practice law in South Africa and has been disbarred from practicing law in the US where he also faces criminal charges for fraud, larceny and petty theft.[15]

Sisulu became embroiled in a controversy in November 2012 when Parliament accused her of over-using executive jet flights during her tenure as Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. She was accused of making 203 trips with the South African Air Force rented Gulfstream plane, however due to administrative failures, this figure was incorrect and an apology was issued afterward. She had actually only made 35 trips.[16]

In April 2013, she appointed Menzi Simelane as her legal advisor.[17] In a judgement (in October 2012) finding him unfit to be appointed as head of the National Prosecuting Authority, Constitutional Court Judge Zac Jacoob said "[We] conclude that the evidence was contradictory and on its face indicative of Mr Simelane's honesty. It raises serious questions about Mr Simelane's conscientiousness, integrity, and credibility."[18]


  • 1979: Order of the Red Star.[19]
  • 1992: Human Rights Center Fellowship in Geneva.[1]
  • 2004: Presidential Award for Housing delivery by the Institute for Housing of South Africa.[1]
  • 2005: International Association for Housing Science Award.[1]


  • R Cohen, ed. (1991). "Women at Work and Liberation Struggle in the 1980s". Themes in the twentieth century South Africa. Oxford University Press.[1]
  • (1990). "South African Women in Agricultural Sector" (pamphlet), York University.[1]
  • "Women Working Conditions in South Africa". South African Situation Analysis. National Children's Rights Committee, UNESCO. 1992.[1]
  • Housing Delivery and the Freedom charter: the beacon of hope, new agenda. 2005.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "GCIS: Profile information: Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu, Dr". GCIS. 22 May 2006. Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet". South African Government Information. 10 May 2009. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Changes to National Executive and South African Police Service" (Press release). Government of South Africa. 12 June 2012. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Sisulu tipped to take acting Deputy President post". SABC news. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2008.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of Housing, Republic of South Africa". United Nations Development Programme. Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2008.
  6. ^ "Dr Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu | Profile | Africa Confidential". Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  7. ^ Letsoalo, Matuma. "Soldiers do cry: Sisulu weeps after Cabinet ambush". The M&G Online. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  8. ^
  9. ^ BBC (15 December 2017). "Boost for Ramaphosa ahead of ANC vote as Sisulu drops out of the race". The EastAfrican Quoting British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Nairobi. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  10. ^ "N2 Gateway and the Joe Slovo informal settlement: The new Crossroads?". Abahlali baseMjondolo. 16 September 2007.
  11. ^ "Sisulu plan under fire". The Sowetan. 12 September 2007.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Cape Town removals: Exchange of letters re Joe Slovo with Minister Lindiwe Sisulu". Labournet.
  13. ^ "Squatters vow war if evicted". Cape Argus. 19 September 2008.
  14. ^ "Housing and Evictions at the N2 Gateway Project in Delft". Abahlali baseMjondolo. 8 May 2008.
  15. ^ "Exchange between Democratic Alliance and Minister Sisulu regarding Paul Ngobeni".
  16. ^ South Africa: Written Reply On Sisulu's Flights Withdrawn, Africa:, 2012, retrieved 16 November 2012
  17. ^ "Simelane Appointed Special Adviser". Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  18. ^ "Simelane appointment invalid". News24. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  19. ^ "Deputy Minister: Department of Water & Sanitation". Dept. of Water and Sanitation. South African Government. Retrieved 26 August 2020. Military training in USSR (1977 – 1979) – Received highest award of USSR Defence Force (Award of the Red Star)
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