Ms DP LETSATSI-DUBA

PROFILE OF MS DP LETSATSI-DUBA, MP, MINISTER OF STATE SECURITY

Honourable Dipuo Bertha Letsatsi-Duba is the Minister of State Security of the Republic of South Africa following appointment by His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa to the portfolio on 27 February 2018.

The Minister has extensive training and experience in governance and on the legislature, having served in several leadership positions within provincial and national governments and as a Member of Parliament.

Ms Letsatsi-Duba holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations obtained in 1985 from Havana, Cuba.  The Minister also holds an International Advanced Diploma (equivalent to an honours degree) in Mass Communications conferred in 1992 by Harare Polytechnic in Zimbabwe.  In 2011, Ms Letsatsi-Duba was awarded an Advanced Certificate in Leadership and Governance in Public Policy from the Wits Governance School.  The Minister completed a Diploma in Public Policy in 2013 and is currently reading towards a master's degree in Public Policy with the Wits School of Governance.

Minister Letsatsi-Duba was born and raised in Gauteng.  She left the country in 1982 to join the African National Congress (ANC) and Umkontho we Sizwe.  Whilst in exile, she worked at the ANC's headquarters in the Department of Information and Publicity as the Editor-in-Chief of the party's Women's Journal: Voice of Women.  Upon return from exile, Hon Letsatsi-Duba was appointed Media Liaison Officer at the ANC's headquarters, Shell House. 

In 1996, Ms Letsatsi-Duba relocated to Limpopo where she went into business.  Between 2000 and 2002, the ANC appointed Ms Letsatsi-Duba as a member of the Interim Leadership Core Group which was mandated to restructure the ANC's Capricorn region.  Ms Letsatsi-Duba was appointed as a board member of the Limpopo Development Agency (LIMDEV) that oversaw the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee between 2003 and 2008.

In 2007, Ms Letsatsi-Duba was elected to serve on the ANC's Limpopo Provincial Executive Committee (PEC).  Subsequent to her role in the PEC, she was elected as Provincial Treasurer of ANC Limpopo at the 2008 provincial conference.  Ms Letsatsi-Duba now serves on the ANC's highest decision-making body, the National Executive Committee (NEC).

In 2009, Minister Letsatsi-Duba was appointed as a Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Agriculture in the Provincial Government of Limpopo.  Subsequent to her role as MEC for Agriculture, she was appointed in 2012 as MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture and was re-deployed in 2013 as MEC for Health and Social Development.

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Minister for Pubic Service and Administration in April 2017, Minister Letsatsi-Duba served as the chairperson for the Public Enterprises Portfolio in the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.