Minister of Police
Date of Birth: 23/01/1967
Nkosinathi ‘Nathi’ Mthethwa launched new measures in June to curtail the activities of Asian criminal networks in southern Africa. With his counterpart in Vietnam’s Public Security Ministry, General Le Hong Anh, he signed an agreement to combat organised crime and wildlife smuggling. Later in the month, Zhang Xinfeng, China’s Deputy Minister of Public Security, also arrived in Pretoria for discussions on transnational crime.
Mthethwa was Minister of Safety and Security during Kgalema Motlanthe’s spell in the presidency (September 2008-May 2009). President Jacob Zuma then made him Minister of Police. In an effort to tackle high levels of gun violence and corruption, he launched a firearm licensing programme and introduced new anti-corruption measures.
A member of parliament since 2002, Mthethwa served as Chairman of the Minerals and Energy Portfolio Committee (2004-2008) and Chief Whip (2008). He sits on the African National Congress’s National Working Committee and National Executive Committee, and held a seat on the ANC Youth League’s National Executive Committee (1994-2004).
Born in 1967, Mthethwa began his activism at the age of 15 when he joined the Klaarwater Youth Organisation in KwaZulu-Natal, which he would later chair. As an organiser for the Food and Allied Workers Union, he joined the ANC’s underground activities in 1988 as part of Operation Vula. He holds a diploma in community development from the University of Natal (Durban) and a certificate in communications and leadership from Rhodes University.