Jeff Radebe

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The Honourable
Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe
Jeff Radebe (Red carpet) - Global Citizen Festival Hamburg 01.jpg
Minister in the Presidency
Assumed office
25 May 2014
Preceded by Trevor Manuel
Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development
In office
11 May 2009 – 25 May 2014
Preceded by Enver Surty
Succeeded by Michael Masutha
Minister of Transport
In office
29 April 2004 – 10 May 2009
President Thabo Mbeki
Kgalema Motlanthe
Preceded by Mac Maharaj
Succeeded by S'bu Ndebele
Minister of Public Enterprises
In office
17 June 1999 – 28 April 2004
Minister of Public Works
In office
11 May 1994 – 17 June 1999
Succeeded by Stella Sigcau
Personal details
Born (1953-02-18) 18 February 1953 (age 64)
Cato Manor
Political party South African Communist Party, African National Congress
Alma mater University of Zululand (B.Jur), Leipzig University (LLM)

Jeffrey Thamsanqa "Jeff" Radebe (born 18 February 1953) is a South African politician who has served in the government of South Africa as Minister in the Presidency since 2014. Previously he was Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development from 2009 to 2014. Radebe is South Africa's longest continuously serving cabinet member, having been part of every national administration since 1994 and under every post-apartheid President.

Education and personal[edit]

Radebe was born in Cato Manor, and lived there until 1958 when his family was forcibly removed to KwaMashu.[1] 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 finished an LLM in International Law at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig in 1981.[2]

ANC history[edit]

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[3] (2004–2009).

On 26 February 2007, Radebe was appointed acting Minister of Health due to the ongoing ill health of Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.[4]

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