Zweledinga Pallo Jordan
|Minister of Arts and Culture|
|Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism|
|Preceded by||Dawie de Villiers|
|Succeeded by||Valli Moosa|
|Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services.|
|Born||22 May 1942|
Kroonstad, Free State
|Political party||African National Congress|
Zweledinga Pallo Jordan (born 22 May 1942) is a South African politician. He was a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress, and was a cabinet minister from 1994 until 2009.
Jordan is the son of the academics Archibald Campbell Jordan and Phyllis Ntantala-Jordan. Like his parents, Jordan was active in the Non-European Unity Movement against apartheid. He then joined the ANC and went into exile, studying in Britain and the United States.
In 1985, he was elected to the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC). He served as administrative secretary of the NEC Secretariat (1985–1988), on the NEC's Strategy and Tactics Committee as convenor (1985–1989), on the NEC's sub-committee on negotiations and the NEC's sub-committee on Constitutional Guidelines and as the Director of Information and Publicity (1989).
In 1994, he was elected to be a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly for the ANC. He became Minister of Posts, Telecommunications, and Broadcasting (1994–1996) and subsequently Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (1996–1999).
From 1999 to 2004, he served as Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the National Assembly. After the 2004 National Elections, Jordan was appointed Minister of Arts and Culture by President Thabo Mbeki, a post he held from April 2004 to May 2009.
He studied at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the United States and at the London School of Economics (LSE). His official biographies, as well as his official CV, claimed that he received a PhD and he has presented himself under the title Dr for numerous years, but a newspaper investigation revealed that he did not complete his degree at Wisconsin–Madison. On 11 August 2014, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe announced that Jordan had resigned from Parliament and apologised to the ruling party after reports that his qualifications were false. The ANC statement also revealed that Jordan had resigned from the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC and from the ANC. At the same time, Jordan was fired from his position as a Business Day columnist because he failed to submit his weekly column for the publication. The ANC's Chief Whip in Parliament Stone Sizani said that with or without academic qualifications Jordan remains a source of pride for the party.
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- Miracle Rising: South Africa, History Channel
- Pallo Zweledinga Jordan, South African Politician, Who's Who SA
- Dr Pallo Jordan Primary School, southafricaschools.co.za; accessed 28 October 2015.
- Pallo Jordan not a doctor - claim, News24, 4 August, 2014
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- Shamed, Pallo Jordan resigns, Independent Online, 11 August 2014
- Government biography
- Pallo Jordan - ANC Biography (archived link)
- People by Zweledinga Pallo Jordan , at People's Assembly
| Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services.
Dawie de Villiers
| Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
as Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology
| Minister of Arts and Culture
29 April 2004–10 May 2009