Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

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The Honourable
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Leon E. Panetta at the Pentagon Sept. 12, 2012.jpg
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans
Assumed office
12 June 2012
President Jacob Zuma
Deputy Kebby Maphatsoe
Preceded by Lindiwe Sisulu
Minister of Correctional Services
In office
11 May 2009 – 12 June 2012
President Jacob Zuma
Preceded by Ngconde Balfour
Succeeded by S'bu Ndebele
Minister of Home Affairs
In office
29 April 2004 – 10 May 2009
President Thabo Mbeki
Kgalema Motlanthe
Preceded by Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Succeeded by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Personal details
Born (1956-11-13) 13 November 1956 (age 60)
Political party African National Congress
Spouse(s) Charles Nqakula

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.[1] She was Minister of Home Affairs from 2004 to 2009 and Minister of Correctional Services from 2009 to 2012.[2]

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 to investigate desertions of ANC Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) members to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Angola. She is married to Charles Nqakula.

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.[3]


  1. ^ "Changes to National Executive and South African Police Service" (Press release). Government of South Africa. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet". South African Government Information. 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
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