S'bu Ndebele

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Sibusiso Joel "S'bu" Ndebele
Minister of Correctional Services
In office
12 June 2012 – 26 May 2014
President Jacob Zuma
Preceded by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Succeeded by Michael Masutha (As Minister of Justice and Correctional Development)
Minister of Transport
In office
11 May 2009 – 12 June 2012
Monarch Jacob Zuma
Preceded by Jeff Radebe
Succeeded by Ben Martins
Personal details
Born (1948-10-17) 17 October 1948 (age 68)
Rorke's Drift, KwaZulu-Natal
Nationality South African
Alma mater University of South Africa

Sibusiso Joel "S'bu" Ndebele (born 17 October 1948, Rorke's Drift, KwaZulu-Natal[1]), is the former Minister of Correctional Services serving from 2012-2014.[2] He has been on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) since 1997, and was the Provincial Chair of the ANC from 1998 to 2008.[3]

From 1994 to 2004 he was the MEC for Transport in the government of KwaZulu-Natal province. From 2004 to 2009 he was the Premier of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. From 2009 to 2012 he was the national Minister of Transport.[4]


He attended primary school at Makhaseneni, near Melmoth, and matriculated from Eshowe Teachers’ Training and High School in Eshowe.

He obtained a degree in library science from the University of Zululand in 1972, a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics and African Politics from the University of South Africa in 1983, and an honours degree in Development Administration and Politics in 1985.[3]

Early politics[edit]

He was publicity secretary of the South African Students Organisation at the University of Zululand (1972). Shortly thereafter, in 1974, he joined the African National Congress underground and went into exile in Swaziland. He was arrested for ANC activities in May 1976 and was sentenced to ten years on Robben Island in June 1977.[3]


Dec 2015 - Durban - Former transport minister S'bu Ndebele has appeared in a Durban court on charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering. Ndebele had been named as the first accused in a corruption, fraud and money-laundering case.

He is accused of accepting just over R10m for his direct benefit. Ndebele allegedly accepted the money in order to facilitate tenders worth more than R2bn.[5]

Recently he has been heavily criticised for offering 16 500 hectares of land to the Dubai-based company Ruwaad Holdngs to build a massive themepark named 'Zulu World'. This will result in the forced eviction of around 10 000 families from the eMacambini clan. The affected community has vowed to resist the evictions and has accused Ndebele of "selling" them to "a new kind of colonialism."[6][7] On 4 December 2008, the eMacambini community blockaded the N2 and R102 freeways to protest S'bu Ndebele's non-reply to their memorandum handed over in a previous march.[8]

On 16 May 2009, shortly after accepting the position of Minister of Transport, Ndebele received a R1,1-million Mercedes Benz S500 from the Vukuzakhe group of 'emerging contractors', who had received contracts worth more than R400-million in the department. Opposition parties have claimed that the gift could be a conflict of interest and that the Mercedes should be returned.[9] Ndebele explained that he received the gift unannounced, long after he had ceased being MEC for transport, and denies any conflict of interest.[10]

Toll Roads[edit]

There is not enough money available to fix roads, so more toll gates will probably have to be built on national roads, Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele said in a report on Thursday. More than 4 100 km of roads - or 32 percent of the national road network - are in such a bad state that they only have a "structural life span" of five years left.

It would cost more than R35-billion to fix these roads before 2014, Ndebele said in Parliament, according to Beeld newspaper. But his department has only R16,8-billion available to do this. [11]

Departmental Corruption Allegations[edit]

The North West government said on Wednesday it had been hit by a multimillion-rand scandal related to road projects that might have been improperly and fraudulently awarded.

"I can confirm that a number of contracts issued by the department for several road projects in the province may have been improperly and fraudulently awarded," said Transport MEC Mahlakeng Mahlakeng in a statement.

He said it was estimated that more than R1.5 billion allocated for road capital projects over the next three years - the medium term expenditure framework - had already been committed.

Within three months of the current financial year, 2009/10, the roads directorate had already spent its entire capital project budget, he said. Its budget allocation for the year was R525 million.

He said the information had emerged from an audit by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The government was committed to getting the money back.

Further details would be released once the government had cleared the legal implications of doing so.

Millions of rands' worth of contracts had been issued by the department "without following procedure as stipulated by the Public Finance Management Act (PMFA)".

The government would give the audit report to the police's Hawks and the Asset Forfeiture Unit to investigate. - credit Sapa [12]

See also[edit]


Political offices
Preceded by
Lionel Mtshali
Premier of KwaZulu-Natal
23 April 2004 – 6 May 2009
Succeeded by
Zweli Mkhize
Preceded by
Jeff Radebe
Minister of Transport
2009 – 2012
Succeeded by
Ben Martins
Preceded by
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Minister of Correctional Services
2012 – present