Ms Brigitte Mabandla

Ms Brigitte Mabandla
Portfolio History: 
  • Minister of Public Enterprises (2008-2009)
  • Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development (2004-2008)
  • Minister of Housing (2003-2004)
  • Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (1995-2003)

Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla was born on 23 November 1948. From 1974 to 1975 she acted as youth co-ordinator for the Institute of Race Relations in Durban. She obtained an LLB degree from the University of Zambia in 1979.

She lectured on law and english, and commercial law in Botswana in the first half of the 1980's. The rest of the decade she spent as legal advisor of the ANC Lusaka Legal and Constitutional Affairs Department. She returned to South Africa as member of the ANC's constitutional committee and negotiating team, a position she filled from 1990 to 1994. During this period she was very active in the field of human rights, specifically minority rights, childrens' rights, disabled people's rights and in particular women's rights - she worked with NGOs, committees and other groups, co-ordinated research projects and undertook educational tours to Sweden, Canada, Germany and the USA. She also published locally and internationally on the topic of human rights.

In 1994 she was elected to parliament and appointed as deputy minister of arts, culture, science and technology in 1995, a post she filled until 2003, when she took over as minister of housing. Only a year later, in 2004, she became minister of justice and constitutional development. In 2008 she moved to the position of minister of public enterprises, where she served for six months.