Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

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Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans
Assumed office
12 June 2012
PresidentJacob Zuma
Cyril Ramaphosa
DeputyKebby Maphatsoe
Preceded byLindiwe Sisulu
Minister of Correctional Services
In office
11 May 2009 – 12 June 2012
PresidentJacob Zuma
Preceded byNgconde Balfour
Succeeded byS'bu Ndebele
Minister of Home Affairs
In office
29 April 2004 – 10 May 2009
PresidentThabo Mbeki
Kgalema Motlanthe
Preceded byMangosuthu Buthelezi
Succeeded byNkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Personal details
Born (1956-11-13) 13 November 1956 (age 62)
Cape Town, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Political partyAfrican National Congress
Spouse(s)Charles Nqakula
Alma materCanadian University Overseas Services, (Diploma in Project Management), College of Bensonvale, (Diploma In Primary School Teaching) [1]

Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula (born 13 November 1956) is a South African politician who was appointed Minister of Defence and Military Veterans by President Jacob Zuma in June 2012.[2] She was Minister of Home Affairs from 2004 to 2009 and Minister of Correctional Services from 2009 to 2012.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Mapisa-Nqakula obtained a teacher's diploma from the Bensonvale Teachers College.


In 1984, she left South Africa to undergo military training in Angola and the Soviet Union. During this time she served as the head of a commission that was set up by the ANC to investigate desertions of ANC Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) members to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Angola.

In 1993, she became the Secretary-General of the ANC Women's League. Before her appointment as Minister of Home Affairs, she held the position as Deputy-Minister of the department.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Charles Nqakula.


  1. ^ "NOSIVIWE MAPISA-NQAKULA". Who's Who Southern Africa.
  2. ^ "Changes to National Executive and South African Police Service" (Press release). Government of South Africa. 12 June 2012. Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet". South African Government Information. 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
  4. ^ "Welcome to the official South African government online site! | South African Government". Archived from the original on 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2017-07-11.