Gugile Ernest Nkwinti
|Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform|
11 May 2009
|Preceded by||Mbulelo Sogoni|
|Born||18 December 1948|
|Political party||African National Congress|
|Alma mater||University of South Africa (B.A.)
University of London (Masters)
Education and career
Holds a diploma in nursing (psychiatry) as well as a bachelor's degree in Political Science, Public Administration and Applied Economics at Unisa. From 1972 to 1984 he worked as a professional nurse. From 1984 to 1989 he worked for the UDF, in the Eastern Cape, and he also worked as a research assistant in the department of psychology at Rhodes University. From 1990 to 1991 he served as the UDF and ANC regional secretary in the Eastern Cape. In 1994 he became the speaker of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, and in 1999 he was elected as MEC for housing, local government and traditional affairs in the province. 2004 saw him holding on to his position as MEC for housing and local government, and in 2009 he was appointed as minister of rural development and land reform.
Current land reform policy
Southern African land reform is a contentious issue. He has stated that the funds are unavailable to reach the target of redistributing 30% of arable land back to the black majority by 2014. Rather advocating a, partial, policy of reforming reclaimed, but unproductive land (up to 90% according to Nkwinti). He has stated that Nationalisation is not an option, but left future land reform policy to future national debate. He has made contentious statements, on the local news, eNCA, that commercial farmers must co-operate or share a fate "worse than Zimbabwe". Drawing critical reactions from the agricultural union, TAU SA, and the Freedom Front Plus and, later, calls for clarity from the Democratic Alliance. Has previously suggested a policy of no compensation. 
- "South African Government Information", SA government, Government Leaders, May 12, 2009.
- "Mr. Gugile Nkwinti". Sabinet Law
- "Who's Who South Africa"
- "Use land or lose it: Nkwinti", The Citizen,3 March 2010.
- "Nationalisation not an option, says land minister", Mail & Guardian Online, 1 April 2010.
- "Land Reform Minister Dimisses Nationalisation", Times Live, 1 April 2010.
- "Nkwinti's Zim Warning Draws Sharp Reaction", Polity, 30 March 2010.