Breaking news: Mapisa-Nqakula replaces Sisulu as defence minister


Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, formerly the Minister of Correctional Services, has been appointed as the new Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, replacing Lindiwe Sisulu. President Jacob Zuma announced the reshuffling during a special briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria this afternoon.

Sisulu has been moved to the ministry of Public Service and Administration to replace the late Roy Padayachee. Sibusiso Ndebele has taken up Mapisa-Nqakula’s position as correctional services minister. Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Ben Martins will replace Ndebele as minister of transport.

There were also new appointments as deputy ministers.

Mapisa-Nqakula was the minister of home affairs from 2004 and was appointed minister of correctional services in 2009.

She 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 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.