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The Honourable
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans
Assumed office
12 June 2012
President Jacob Zuma
Cyril Ramaphosa
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 13 November 1956(1956-11-13) (age 66)
Cape Town, South Africa
Nationality South African
Political party African National Congress
Spouse(s) Charles Nqakula
Alma mater Canadian 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

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

She is married to Charles Nqakula.


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