Dr Baldwin Sipho (Ben) Ngubane, political activist and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) politician, was born at Inchanga Roman Catholic Mission, Camperdown, Natal. Ngubane occupied many high political positions in the IFP and other spheres of government. He was minister of arts, culture and technology in President Mandela's Government of National Unity from 1994 until August 1997. In March 1997, Ngubane was appointed as premier of KwaZulu-Natal province, until he was replaced by Lionel Mtshali in 1999. In 2006 he ended his long-term relationship with the IFP when he resigned from the party to join its rival, the African National Congress (ANC).
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