Malusi Gigaba

You’re probably familiar the name Malusi Gigaba.

If you’re not then allow us to clue you in.

The Honorable Malusi Gigaba is the current Minister of Home Affairs in South Africa.

He assumed office on the 25th May, 2014 under President Jacob Zuma.

He succeeded the position from the formidable Naledi Pandor.

Prior to that, he was also the Minister of Public Enterprises from the 10th of May, 2009 to the 25th of May 2014.

Malusi Gigaba Biography

Malusi Gigaba was born ‘Knowledge Malusi Nkanyei Gigaba’ on the 30th August 1971 in Eshowe in the KwaZulu-Natal.

He attended Mathonsi Primary School in Mandeni and later on attended Vryheid State High School.

Malusi has three sisters and a brother.

He is the second born child of Reverend Jabulani Gigaba (His father) and Nomthandazo Gigaba, his mother.

In 1991, He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from the University of Durban-Westville, which is now the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He is a founding member of University of Durban-Westville’s Education Students Society.

He later got his Master’s degree in Social policy.

Political Career

Malusi has had a long and impressive political career.

He is a member of the African National Congress and South African Communist Party.

In 1999, he was first elected to the National Assembly of South Africa but he resigned in 2001.

However, he was reelected in 2004.

He is currently considered one of the most influential members of the African National Congress in the country.

Malusi Gigaba’s political career began in school when he became involved with multiple student organizations including the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO), Young Christian Students (YCS), Congress of South African Students (COSAS), and South African Student Congress (SASCO).

It was his participation with these groups that laid the groundwork for his involvement with the ANC Youth league as most of these were aligned with the African National Congress (ANC) which was banned at the time.

He was elected as president of the ANC Youth League multiple times and is presently the longest serving president of the African National Congress Youth League.

The Cuban National University Students’ Federation, Aula Matta University awarded him the Jose Antonio Echeverrias Medal for Youth Leadership.

Later, he received the Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Achievements and Contribution to Faculty and Society from the University Durban-Westville Education Faculty.

He became the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs in 2004.

During that time he became involved with a new visa system that permitted easier migration between Zimbabwe and South Africa.

This is just one of the many actions he took while he was in office that earned him applause from the people and applause from organizations such as PASSOP (People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty).

This positive attention played a hand in him becoming South Africa’s Minister of Public Enterprises.

During this time he instituted some of the country’s infrastructure investment programme further granting him more positive acclaim especially among the South African Citizens.

In May 2014, in a not so surprising move, he was appointed by the President – Jacob Zuma – as the Minister of Home Affairs.

Current Positions

Besides being the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba holds various other positions including:

Chairman (Political Committee, National Economic Development Committee)
African National Congress Youth League
Government, Public Administration and Defence

Member (Trade and Industry Portfolio Committee)
Government, Public Administration and Defence

Member of Parliament (African National Congress)
National Assembly

Alternate Member (Agriculture and Land Affairs Portfolio Committee)
Government, Public Administration and Defence

Member (National Working Committee)
African National Congress
Government, Public Administration and Defence

Member (Trade and Industrial Portfolio Committee)
Government, Public Administration and Defence

Previous Positions

Prior to becoming Minister of the Home Affairs, he has held several political positions – some of which include:

1993 – 1993: Assistant (Public Affairs Department) – University of Durban-Westville

1994 – 1994: Regional Chairman(Southern Kwa-Zulu Natal)
African National Congress Youth League

1994 – 1996: Convenor (Provincial Education Forum)

1994 – 1996: Executive-Officio Member (Provincial Executive Committee)
African National Congress (Government, Public Administration and Defence)

1994 – 1996: Provincial Secretary(Government, Public Administration and Defence)
Public Affairs Department, Kwa-Zulu Natal

1996: Member (National Economic Committee)
African National Congress

1997 – 1997: Consultant (Macsteel Service Centres South Africa)

1999 – 2001: Member of Parliament (African National Congress)
National Assembly (Government, Public Administration and Defence)