Human Settlements Minister
Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo is the Minister of Human Settlements of the Republic of South Africa. She was appointed on 26 February 2018.
Minister Mfeketo previously served as the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, a position to which she was appointed in May 2014.
A Member of the South African Parliament, Ms Mfeketo served as the Deputy Speaker of Parliament from 2008 until May 2014.
A long standing leader and member of the African National Congress (ANC), Ms Mfeketo has also held various key and strategic positions in the African National Congress.
Amongst the positions she held are: Chairperson of African National Congress (ANC) Caucus from 2008 and as member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) since 2007.
Ms Mfeketo’s commitment to the struggle for freedom, democracy, human rights, good governance, development and justice spans decades. She is well known for associating herself with the struggles for the improvement of the lot of the vulnerable members of society, including women, children and the elderly.
In the course of her remarkable political life, she has had to face the wrath of the repressive apartheid government, enduring detention without trial as well as harassment, arrests, raids on herself, her family or anyone associated with her.
Ms Mfeketo’s political acumen has been greatly shaped by the struggles of the South African masses. In short, she is a product of the struggle for freedom and liberation of the people of South Africa.
Ms Mfeketo was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Cape Town. This was in recognition of her impeccable role as a tireless campaigner for justice and her pursuit of the struggle for a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa.
Her leadership was forged in the crucible of mass struggles where she shared in the hardships of the ordinary people.
In the 1970’s Ms Mfeketo emerged within the ranks of the Trade Union Movement as a leader with extensive organising and mobilising skills;
In the 80’s she played an extensive role in a number of Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO’s). It was also during this period that she became one of the founding leaders of the United Democratic Front (UDF); an omnibus of civil society and political formations aligned to the then banned ANC and its Tripartite Alliance partners.
In 1992 she also worked for the Development Action Group (DAG), an organisation focusing on housing options and housing development. Later, she joined the Social Change Assistance Trust, a financial non-governmental organisation responsible for funding and establishment of advice officers focusing on rural and peri-urban areas.
With the unbanning of all political parties and the release of all political prisoners in 1990, she emerged as one of the prominent leaders of the ANC during the negotiations that led to a political settlement which led to the all-inclusive and non-racial democratic South Africa.
Ms Mfeketo was instrumental in uniting and integrating the people of Cape Town and spearheading the council's transformation initiatives. Between 1996 and 1998, Ms Mfeketo was elected Chairperson of Cape Town City Council.
She served as Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town from 1998 to 2000 and was re-elected and served for five years from 2002 until 2006, becoming the first black woman to become Mayor of Cape Town.
Over the years, Ms Mfeketo has been a leading member of various organizations in her country, including the United Women’s Organization, United Women’s Congress, Western Cape Civics Organization, United Democratic Front, African National Congress and ANC Women’s League.
Her leadership has received recognition with institutions of varied interests, including in her tenure as the Chairperson of South African Wine Trust (SAWIT). Her canvassing abilities were recognised the when she received the Local Government Management of South Africa Award for launching a massive citizen listening campaign in 2003.
She became a member of the National Executive Committee and Working Committee of the ANC.
In 2008, she was sworn in as the Member of Parliament and subsequently appointed as the ANC Caucus Chairperson. In 2009, she was sworn in as a Member of Parliament and appointed as the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the 4th Democratic Parliament.
On the 25th of May 2014 the South African President Mr Jacob Zuma appointed her as a Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operations.
It was quite clear at the time that this was no co-incidence as she has always pursued the struggle for the pursuit of prosperity, peace, democracy, non-racialism, non-sexism and unity of Africa as well as for the creation of a better world that is just and equitable.
Minister Mfeketo’s new role as the Minister of Human Settlements enables her to both give expression to and escalate a passion for housing which she pursued during her early days in the struggle as indicated above. She continues with this vision of justice, fairness and equality which has always been a driving force behind her activism.
Human Settlements Deputy Minister
The Honourable Zou Kota-Fredericks was appointed Deputy Minister of Human Settlements in 2009. She cut her political teeth during the 1976 student riots at Langa High School in Cape Town becoming an active member of numerous organisations including the Ikhwezi Community Centre in Gugulethu; Young Christian Workers; AZASO; COSAS and the Cape Youth Congress. She also served as the first secretary of the United Women’s Organisation and a Student Representative in the Island of Youth in Cuba.
Deputy Minister Kota-Fredericks was also a Publicity Secretary for the United Democratic Front in the Western Cape, leading to her detention under the apartheid government’s notorious Section 29. She left the country to join the ANC’s Umkhonto we Sizwe in Lesotho and also received military training in Angola and the Soviet Union. During the transitional negotiations at CODESA, she was one of the delegates of the Gender Advisory Committee (GAC). She later became a Provincial Chairperson of the ANC Women’s League in the Western Cape and represented the Women’s League at the Progressive Women’s Movement.
Deputy Minister Kota-Fredericks has been a member of the ANC Provincial Executive Committee since 1992. She was deployed to Parliament after the 1994 general elections where she served on the Defence Portfolio Committee, Joint Standing Committee on Defence, and Sport and Recreation Portfolio Committee. She was a Whip of the Defence Portfolio Committee, served on an Ad-hoc Committee to select Gender Commissioners, Ad-hoc Committee that formulated the legislation on the National Youth Commission and the selection of Youth Commissioners
Kota-Fredericks studied Social Work at the University of the Western Cape where she also obtained the Baccalaurelis Economicae (Honours), and an Advanced Diploma in Economic Policy. Her qualifications also include certificates in Economics and Public Finance from UNISA; Project Management from the University of Stellenbosch and the Senior Executive Programme for Southern Africa from Wits and Harvard Business Schools