Chris Liebenberg

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Christo Ferro Liebenberg
Minister of Finance
In office
19 September 1994 – 4 April 1996
President Nelson Mandela
Personal details
Born (1934-10-02) 2 October 1934 (age 79)
Touws River

Christo Ferro Liebenberg (born 2 October 1934)[1] is a South African banker who was Minister for Finance of South Africa, from 19 September 1994 to 4 April 1996, in the government of national unity chaired by Nelson Mandela.

He was born in Touws River in the Western Cape. His father worked on the railway lines. Touws River was one of the biggest railway junctions of that time in South Africa.

He started working at Nedcor Bank in 1952 as a messenger. He worked his way up until 1994 when he retired as CEO of Nedbank.

Nelson Mandela asked him to take over from Finance Minister Derek Keys in 1994.

As he was not affiliated to any political party, President Nelson Mandela changed the constitution to accommodate Liebenberg as Finance Minister.

As per agreement, he stayed for a certain period after which the position then went to Trevor Manuel.


  1. ^ "LIEBENBERG, CHRISTO FERRO (CHRIS)". O'Malley. Retrieved 1 November 2010. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Derek Keys
Finance Minister of South Africa
1994 -1996
Succeeded by
Trevor Manuel