Malusi Gigaba Biography
Malusi Gigaba was born on 30th August 1971 in Eshowe South Africa. He is a South African politician and a former Minister of Finance, Home Affairs and later resigned on 15 November 2018. He is the former President of the African National Congress Youth League and a Member of the African National Congress’ NEC.
Where was Malusi Gigaba Born
He was born in Eshowe South Africa.
Malusi Gigaba Education Background
- 1994: Graduated from the University of Durban- Westville with a masters degree of Arts- Social Policy.
- 1990: Graduated from the University of Durban- Westville with a bachelors Degree in Pedagogics – Education.
- 1988: Student at Vryheid State High School .
- 1983: Student at Mathonsi Primary School, Mandeni, South Africa.
Malusi Gigaba Politics
His political career began 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).
His political journey began in 1990 when he joined the ANC Youth League after its unbanning. Six years later, he was the league’s president, serving in that position for eight years. He is presently the longest serving president of the African National Congress Youth League.
He was first elected to the National Assembly of South Africa in 1999 but he resigned in 2001. He was reelected in 2004.
He was appointed to cabinet as deputy home affairs minister in 2004 by then president Thabo Mbeki. During that time he became involved with a new visa system that permitted easier migration between Zimbabwe and South Africa. He earned a reputation as an efficient operator who was politically shrewd enough to stay relatively unscathed in the run-up to and aftermath of the ANC’s Polokwane elective conference that saw Mbeki replaced by Jacob Zuma.
He was reappointed deputy home affairs minister in Zuma’s first administration before being elevated to public enterprises minister in November 2010. His successes during his time in charge of state-owned enterprises were mixed. He criticised the exorbitant salaries enjoyed by parastatal executives, and fired the entire SAA Express board for not producing their financial statements on time in 2012. But he didn’t follow suit at SAA and bore witness to successive executive meltdowns at the national carrier as it continued to rely on the government for funds to function. Eskom also battled to keep the lights on as delays and costs in the construction of new power stations mounted and load-shedding reared its ugly head.
In May 2014 he was appointed by the President – Jacob Zuma – as the Minister of Home Affairs. Under Gigaba the ministry made a few major changes such as insistence on abridged birth certificates for children travelling to South Africa and, more recently, inspections to make sure South African businesses comply with the requirement to employ a minimum of 60 percent of South African citizens.
Malusi Gigaba Political Positions
- 1993: Assistant at Public Affairs Department at the University of Durban-Westville.
- 1994: Regional Chairman(Southern Kwa-Zulu Natal) African National Congress Youth League.
- 1994 – 1996: Convenor, Provincial Education Forum.
- 1994 – 1996: Executive-Officio Member of Provincial Executive Committee.
- 1994 – 1996: Provincial Secretary(Government, Public Administration and Defence) Public Affairs Department, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
- 1997: Consultant at Macsteel Service Centres South Africa.
- 1999- 2001: Member of Parliament (African National Congress) National Assembly
- 2004 – October 2010: He was re elected to parliament and became Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.
- 1st November 2010 – 25th May 2014 : He became the Minister of Public Enterprises
- On 31 March 2017, Gigaba was appointed Minister of Finance, replacing Pravin Gordhan, raising suspicions that he was deployed by Zuma to assist him in developing his allegedly corrupt relationship with the Guptas.
- On 27 February 2018, Gigaba was removed from his position as the Minister of Finance and replaced by Nhlanhla Nene. On the same day Gigaba was appointed as Minister of Home Affairs by President Cyril Ramaphosa following the announcement of his new cabinet, replacing Ayanda Dlodlo.
- On 13 November 2018, Gigaba resigned as Minister of Home Affairs and subsequently also as Member of the National Assembly on 15 November 2018.
Malusi Gigaba Membership
- Chairman of Political Committee and National Economic Development Committee.
- Member of Trade and Industry Portfolio Committee
- Alternate Member of Agriculture and Land Affairs Portfolio Committee.
- Member of National Working Committee.
Malusi Gigaba Awards
Jose Antonio Echeverrias Medal for Youth Leadership, The Cuban National University Students’ Federation, Aula Matta University.
Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Achievements and Contribution to Faculty and Society, University Durban-Westville Education Faculty.
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Malusi Gigaba Wife
He was married to Thabong Gigaba but later divorced in 2010. He later married Nomachule Mngoma in 2014.