Malusi Nkanyezi Gigaba – New Minister of the department of Home Affairs

The former minister of Public Enterprises, Mr. Malusi Nkanyezi Gigaba, will from 25 May 2014 on replace Ms Naledi Pandor as new minister of Home Affairs in South Africa.

Looking at his former engagement this decision is not a big surprise. Gigaba already kept the post as Deputy Minister of the Department of Home Affairs from 2004 to October 2010.

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picture: Martin Rhodes

There he was responsible for the new visa system which allowed easier legal flow of migration between South Africa and Zimbabwe. With this and other positive innovations Gigaba won many sympathies and was even honoured from human rights organization PASSOP.

On 1 November 2010, he became the Minister of Public Enterprises of the Republic of South Africa. In 2011, Gigaba accused the ANCYL leadership as being “anarchists” when they called for the nationalisation of the country’s resources. Since his appointment as Minister of Public Enterprises, he has become a leading figure in the South African government. He is mainly responsible for the government’s massive infrastructure investment programme, enforced by the State Owned Companies that are led by him such as Transnet and Eskom and SAA.

Malusi Nkanyezi Gigaba got a bachelor´s degree in education from the University of Durban-Westville in 1991 and a master´s degree in social policy in 1994.

During his early political career Gigaba became involved in various student and youth organisations. He was elected ANC Youth League president three times in a row (1996, 1998, 2001). This involvement laid the foundation for his success in the ANC.

 by Melissa

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