Mayihlome Tshwete

Mayihlome Tshwete is the son of the late former Minister of Safety and Security (Steve Tshwete – Father) and the current Deputy Water and Sanitation Minister (Pam Tshwete – Mother). Mayihlome is the current Department of Home Affairs spokesman.

About Mayihlome Tshwete

Mayihlome is regarded as a smart and articulate young man, he was appointed as Gigaba’s spokesperson in 2010. He was a speechwriter for the former Labour Minister (Membathisi Mdladlana).

Mayihlome Tshwete is known to have had a personal relationship with the late Nelson Mandela; after the death of Mayihlome’s father, Mandela took it upon himself to ensure that Mayihlome received the education he needed.

The relationship between both of them was something similar to that of a son and his godfather; as there was a time Mandela had taken Mayihlome out for some personal shopping and even had to close the store, due to the crowd outside.

Zizo Beda

Zizo Beda is married to Mayihlome Tshwete; they got married on the 11th of December 2015. Zizo is a South African model and media personality; she won the Miss South African Teen pageant in 2006 and has been a co-host of the SABC 1 magazine show “Selimathunzi” since 2008.

Zizo was born on the 12th of December 1988, in Dutywa, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Zizo and Mayihlome both have a son together; who was delivered in March 2016.

Steve Tshwete

Steve Vukhile Tshwete was a South African politician who was born on the 12th of November and died on the 26th of April 2002. He was a key activist and member of the African National Congress, after the first free elections in South Africa in 1994, he became the Sports Minister (1994 – 1999) and later the Minister of Safety and Security (1999 – 2002).

Steve Tshwete Political Career

Steve Tshwete was one of the activists who spent some jail time at Robben Island; alongside the likes of Nelson Mandela. While at prison in Robben Islandand, he organised the prisoners into rugby teams and created a league.

He was released from prison in March 1978. By 1983, he became politically active again and joined the United Democratic Front (UDF) becoming the president of the Eastern Cape region. He was arrested that year by the Ciskein police and held for four months and then constantly harassed until he left South Africa for the ANC in exile.

He returned to South Africa after the ANC was unbanned in 1990 as a member of their National Executive and negotiating team. After the ANC won the first free election in 1994, Nelson Mandela appointed him as his Minister of Sports; a position he held from 1994 until 1999.

On the retirement of Nelson Mandela, he served in Thabo Mbeki’s first government as the Minister of Safety and Security from 1999 until his death in April 2002.

Steve Tshwete’s Death

Steve was reported to have developed some back pains in March 2002 and was confined to a wheelchair. He was eventually admitted to the Tshwane Number One Military Hospital outside of Pretoria with pneumonia and liver failure which occurred after an operation for a spinal problem.

He was honoured with a state funeral on 4th of May 2002 and flags were flown at half-mast.