Hudson William Edison Ntsanwisi

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Hudson William Edison Ntsanwisi
1st Chief Minister of Gazankulu
In office
1 February 1973 – 25 March 1993
Preceded byHimself
(as Chief Councillor of Vatsonga)
Succeeded byEdward Mhinga
Personal details
Born(1920-07-11)July 11, 1920
Tzaneen, Transvaal Province, South Africa
DiedMarch 23, 1993(1993-03-23) (aged 72)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Resting placeHeroes Arces, Old Parliamentary Complex, Giyani
NationalitySouth African
Political partyXimoko Progressive Party
Spouse(s)Beatrice Ninakulu Ntsanwisi nee. Nthloko
Alma materLemana College, University of Fort Hare , University of South Africa, Georgetown University
OccupationTeacher, Chief Inspector, Professor, Chief Minister
ProfessionTeacher, Author, Politician

Hudson William Edison Ntsanwisi (11 July 1920 - 23 March 1993[1]) was the first Chief Minister of Gazankulu, a former bantustan in apartheid-era South Africa.


Ntsanwisi was the first of three children born to William and Evelyn Ntsanwisi on 11 July 1920 at Shiluvane Swiss Mission Station, 10 km south of Tzaneen, Transvaal Province of South Africa. Hudson Ntsanwisi had a meritorious school career. He attended the Shiluvane Primary School where he passed the Higher Primary Standard VI Examination in 1935, being placed first in the Transvaal Province and the University of South Africa, where he obtained a Master's degree in African studies in 1965. He then went on to attend Georgetown University in the United States, where he studied linguistics.

After returning to South Africa, he worked as a teacher, and later as a school inspector in the northern Transvaal Province. He became the first Chief Minister of Vatsonga-Machangana Territorial Authority (which was later renamed Gazankulu) in 1969. He served as Chief Minister until his death in 1993.

Ntsanwisi was a supporter of South African President F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela, and their reforms which ultimately led to the end of apartheid in 1994.[2]


  1. ^ Jeeva (2011-09-26). "Hudson William Edison Ntsanwisi". South African History Online. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  2. ^ "Hudson Ntsanwisi; Leader of Gazankulu, 72". The New York Times. 1993-03-26. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-11.