Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma

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Deputy President of the South African Student Organisation, medical doctor, member of the ANC, former Minister of Health and Foreign Affairs, presently Minister of Home Affairs

First name: 
Nkosazana Clarice
Last name: 
Date of birth: 
27 January 1949

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was born on 27 January 1949. She received her secondary education at Amanzimtoti Training College until 1967 and began her tertiary studies 1971 at the University of Zululand . She obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Science (BSc) and left the country in 1976 to complete her MB ChB at the University of Bristol in 1978.

During the 1970s Dlamini-Zuma became active in underground African National Congress (ANC) activities while serving as the Deputy President of the South African Student Organisation

Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA), Dlamini-Zuma was part of the Gender Advisory Committee and in 1994, during the era of former State President Nelson Mandela, she was appointed as the Minister of Health. During this time the Tobacco Products Control Bill, which was enacted in 1999, made it illegal for anyone to smoke in public places. She remained in this portfolio until 1999, when she appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Dlamini-Zuma is one of the few ANC women occupying senior positions in government and in Cabinet.

Dlamini-Zuma was previously married to President Jacob Zuma.


• Joyce, P. A. Concise Dictionary of South African Biography

Last updated : 16-Jul-2012

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011