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 by Himself
(as Chief Councillor of Vatsonga)
Succeeded by Edward Mhinga
Personal details
Born (1920-07-11)July 11, 1920
Tzaneen, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Died March 23, 1993(1993-03-23) (aged 72)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa

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 born on 11 July 1920 at Shiluvane Swiss Mission Station, 10 km south of Tzaneen, Transvaal Province of South Africa. He attended 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 Machangana (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 his 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.