Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe
|Minister of Energy|
26 February 2018 – 30 May 2019
|Preceded by||David Mahlobo|
|Succeeded by||Gwede Mantashe|
|Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development|
11 May 2009 – 25 May 2014
|Preceded by||Enver Surty|
|Succeeded by||Michael Masutha|
|Minister of Transport|
29 April 2004 – 10 May 2009
|Preceded by||Dullah Omar|
|Succeeded by||S'bu Ndebele|
|Minister of Public Enterprises|
17 June 1999 – 28 April 2004
|Minister of Public Works|
11 May 1994 – 17 June 1999
|Succeeded by||Stella Sigcau|
|Born||6 August 1953|
|Political party||South African Communist Party |
African National Congress
|Alma mater||University of Zululand (B.Jur), Leipzig University (LLM)|
Jeffrey Thamsanqa "Jeff" Radebe (born 6 August 1953) is a South African politician who was last appointed as Minister of Energy by Cyril Ramaphosa on 26 February 2018. He served in the government of South Africa as Minister in the Presidency from 2014 to 2018. Previously he was Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development from 2009 to 2014. Radebe was South Africa's longest continuously serving cabinet member, having been part of every national administration from 1994 until the 2019 election.
Education and personal
Radebe was born in Cato Manor, and lived there until 1958 when his family was forcibly removed to KwaMashu. He is married to Bridgette Radebe, South Africa's first black female mining entrepreneur and sister of the billionaire mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe. He studied towards a law degree at the University of Zululand, and completed an LLM in International Law at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig in 1981.
Radebe joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1976 while he was a student. In 1977 the ANC sent Radebe to Mozambique, and soon after to Tanzania where he worked as a journalist for a radio station in Dar es Salaam. After an unsuccessful secret mission by the ANC, Radebe was arrested in 1986, and was convicted under the Terrorism Act of the then Apartheid government. He was sentenced to a 10-year imprisonment on Robben Island. After a successful 12-day hunger strike, Radebe was released from prison in 1990.
After the 1994 democratic elections, Radebe served as Minister of Public Works under Nelson Mandela. Under the leadership of Thabo Mbeki, Radebe served as Minister of Public Enterprises (1999–2004) and Minister of Transport and Minister of Constitutional and Justice Development from 2009 - 2014 under President Jacob Zuma He later served as Minister in the Presidency under Jacob Zuma from 2014 - 2018 and Minister of Energy from 2018 - 2019 under Cyril Ramaphosa.
On 26 February 2007, Radebe was appointed acting Minister of Health due to the ongoing ill health of Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.
He also served as Acting President of South Africa when both the President and Deputy President were away on official state visits.