Saki Macozoma

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Sakumzi Justice Macozoma (Saki) (1957 - ) is a former South African political prisoner who is now one of South Africa's most prominent businessman.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Macozoma was born in Port Elizabeth on 12 May 1957. He studied political science, economics and journalism at the University of South Africa and at Boston in the USA. He holds a BA degree from Unisa.[citation needed]

Political and Business Life[edit]

After spending five years in prison on Robben Island for anti-apartheid activities he joined the South African Council of Churches. He also worked for the ANC and South African Breweries. He became a Member of Parliament in 1994 but left the Legislature in 1996 to take up a position as Managing Director of Transnet Limited, a job he held for five years.[citation needed]

Macozoma is one of a small group of former ANC politicians who left politics and rapidly became successful in the business world.[1]

He is chairman of Liberty Holdings, chairman of Stanlib, Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining, Ntsimbintle Mining and Safika Holdings.[2] He is deputy chairman of the Standard Bank Group and deputy Chairman of Volkswagen SA. He is chairman of the council on Higher Education, chairman of the University Council of the University of the Witwatersrand and a member of the Board of Governors of Rhodes University. He is the Chairman of the Kwazulu–Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.[citation needed]

Mr. Macozoma is also former President of Business Leadership South Africa, former Chairman of the Presidents Big Business Working Group and Co-Chairman of the Business Trust.

He was a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress from 1991 to 2008.

In 2005 Billy Masethla, then director of South Africa's National Intelligence Agency (NIA) was arrested and charged with illegally conducting surveillance of Mr Macozoma and his family.[3]

Move to COPE[edit]

On 28 February 2009 Mr. Macozoma joined the Congress of the People(COPE), a party that broke away from the ruling African National Congress in 2008.[4] Mr Macozoma is now unaffiliated politically.


In 2012 Macozoma and former president Nelson Mandela were together awarded the University of South Africa's (UNISA) highest honour a Calabash award and received the university’s first Robben Island alumnus award. The award is to honour those who were imprisoned by the apartheid regime because they fought against the system of State oppression.[5]

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa honoured Macozoma when the Most Rev'd Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town admitted him to the Order of Simon of Cyrene at a meeting of the church’s Provincial Synod in Benoni, Gauteng on 1 Oct 2013[6]


  1. ^ Anatomy of fast money at the Wayback Machine (archived November 1, 2007)
  2. ^ Former Managing Director of Transnet and now Chairman of STANLIB and Andisa Capital at the Wayback Machine (archived May 18, 2008)
  3. ^ ANC Daily News 22 11 2005
  4. ^ Anon (2009). "Senior ANC member leaves for COPE". Independent Online. Independent Newspapers (Pty) Limited. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  5. ^ Rivonia Naidu (2012). "Honouring emerging African leaders". University of South Africa. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  6. ^ Anon (2013). "Anglican Church gives award to Saki Macozoma". Office of the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 

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