Republic of South Africa

Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Social Development

Ms Lindiwe Zulu Daphney Zulu is the current Minister of Social Development in the 6th administration of the Government of the Republic of South Africa.

She is a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the chairperson for the African National Congress’s Sub-Committee on International Relations. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Journalism in Russia. She obtained a Master’s degree in journalism and fluency in Russian.

After her studies in Moscow, she joined the liberation army Umkhonto we Sizwe and later joined the PAN African Women’s Organisation (PAWO) in Angola where she was appointed as the co-ordinator of the communications committee. She has held several communication positions, including serving as the Head of Communication in the ANC’s department of Religious Affairs and Head of Communication in the ANC’s Uganda office.

After her return from exile in 1991, she served as the Head of Communication in the ANC Women’s League. After South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, she served as a Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and was appointed Deputy Speaker in 1995.

From 1999-2001 she was Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and appointed Chief Director for Western and Central Africa from 2001-2003. She worked at Vodacom Group as the Executive Head of Government and International Relations. In 2004 she was posted to Brazil as South African Ambassador for four and a half years.

She has served as the member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC since 2007. She was appointed Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of South Africa on International Relations. In 2014, Ms Zulu was appointed as the Minister of Small Business Development and the Minister of Social Development after the 2019 National General Election.