List of heads of state of Ciskei

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Republic of Ciskei (red) within South Africa.
Coat of arms of the Republic of Ciskei

The following is a list of heads of state of Ciskei, since the establishment of self-government in 1969.


(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Portrait Incumbent Affiliation Notes
Ciskei Territorial Authority
1 January 1969 to 1 August 1972 Thandatha Jongilizwe Mabandla, Chief Executive Councillor CNP
Ciskei (Self-rule)
1 August 1972 to 21 May 1973 Thandatha Jongilizwe Mabandla, Chief Minister CNP
21 May 1973 to 1975 Lennox Sebe, Chief Minister CNIP 1st term
1975 Charles Sebe, Acting Chief Minister Mil
1975 to 4 December 1981 Lennox Sebe, Chief Minister CNIP 2nd term
Republic of Ciskei (Independent)
4 December 1981 to 4 March 1990 Lennox Sebe, President CNIP Declared President for Life in 1983; deposed in a coup d'état
4 March 1990 to 22 March 1994 Oupa Gqozo, Chairman of the Military Committee and of the Council of State Mil/ADP Resigned
23 March 1994 to 26 April 1994 Pieter van Rensburg Goosen, Administrator
Bongani Blessing Finca, Administrator
26 April 1994 Ciskei re-integrated into South Africa

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