Who is the new State Security Minister?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba to head the country’s State Security Agency (SSA).

State Security Minister Letsatsi-Duba was serving as the Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration before her promotion to the post on Monday evening.

She was born and raised in Gauteng where she completed her secondary education at Luanshya Girls' High School in Zambia and completed a Diploma in Political Science in Cuba in 1987.

She has a Diploma in Mass Communication from Zimbabwe Harare Polytech.

In 1982, she went into exile to join the ANC and Umkhonto we Sizwe. She also worked as the editor-in-chief of Voice of Women, the ANC Women’s Journal, and as a media liaison officer in the ANC Headquarters from 1992 to 1994.

In 2007, she was elected to serve the Provincial Executive Committee and as Provincial Treasurer of the ANC in 2008.

The new Minister previously served as a Member of the Limpopo Legislature and MEC for Agriculture and prior to her appointment to the National Executive, as chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises.

In her new portfolio, Minister Letsatsi-Duba’s mandate is to ensure that the SSA provides government with intelligence on domestic and foreign threats or potential threats to national stability, Constitutional order, and the safety and well-being of the country’s people. 

This allows government to implement policies to deal with potential threats and to better understand existing threats and thus improve their policies. - SAnews.gov.za