New State Security Minister


President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first Cabinet reshuffle says into his taking over leadership of the country brought a former deputy minister to the Ministry of State Security.

Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba is the new State Security Minister. She takes over from Bongani Bongo, for who Ramaphosa has, at present, no place in his Cabinet.

Ahead of her appointment as the country’s most senior spook, Letsatsi-Duba was Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration.

SAnews has it that she was born and raised in Gauteng and completed his secondary education at Luanshya Girls’ School in Zambia before starting – and completed a political science diploma in Cuba. She also had a diploma in mass communication from the Harare Polytech.

She went into exile in 1982 to join the ANC and Umkhonto we Sizwe. Among others she worked as editor-in-chief of the ANC woman’s journal and as a media liaison officer at ANC headquarters between 1992 and 1994. In 2007 she was elected to the provincial executive committee and a year later was named provincial treasurer.

Letsatsi-Duba has been a member of the Limpopo provincial legislature and was also member of the provincial executive committee for agriculture prior to being named chair of the national Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee.

As State Security Minister her mandate is to ensure the State Security Agency (SSA) provides government with intelligence on domestic and foreign threat or potential threats to national stability, constitutional order and the safety and well-being of South Africans.

This, the government news agency said, allows government to implement policies to deal with potential threats and to better understand existing threats and improve policies.