Ms Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency (2018-)

Department: 
The Presidency
Portfolio History: 
  • Minister of Home Affairs (2009-2012)
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999-2009)
  • Minister of Health (1994-1999)
Background: 

Prior to her appointment as minister of home affairs in May 2009, Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma held two ministerial positions: minister of health from 1994 until 1999, and minister of foreign affairs for the following ten years. A medical doctor by profession, Dlamini-Zuma holds a BSc in zoology and botany from the University of Zululand, completing her medical studies at the University of Bristol while in exile. She has a diploma in tropical child health from the University of Liverpool. Dlamini-Zuma practised as a medical doctor in Britain and Swaziland before being deployed by the ANC to Zambia where her responsiblities included helping to draft the ANC’s post-apartheid health policy. She returned to South Africa in 1990 after an absence of nearly twenty years. Dlamini-Zuma’s political activities began when she was a student. While in exile in Britain she chaired the youth section of the ANC and also served as deputy chair, then chair, of the movement’s regional political committee. Dlamini-Zuma has served as chairman of the ministers’ council of the African Union (AU) and deputy chairman of UNAids. She left her post as minister of home affairs at the end of September 2012 to become the African Union Commission Chairperson in Addis Ababa.