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Know Your Ministers


Minister Nomvula Mokonyane is responsible for the Department of Water and Sanitation. This department was once known as the Department of Water Affairs.


The department is responsible for managing the water resources of the country and implementation of policy governing this sector.


Minister Mokonyane became the minister of the department after the general elections in 2014.

She served in the Gauteng Legislature from 1994 in various portfolio committees before she was appointed MEC of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment in 1996.

After leading the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment, she was appointed as MEC for Safety and Liaison from 1999 to 2004.

Between 2004 and 2009 she was in charge of the Department of Housing until she was appointed to being the Premier of Gauteng in 2009. She was Premier of Gauteng until 2014, when she assumed her current role as Minister of Water and Sanitation.

She received training in Local Government and Planning Management and Community Development in Sweden.

She completed a course in Emerging Economics at the Wharton Business School at Pennsylvania University, and studied leadership and governance at Harvard University in the USA.



Minister Michael Masutha is the minister of the newly configured Department of Justice and Correctional Services. This new department is one of the departments that merged with another department to create a single department.


The department is responsible for ensuring an accessible justice system that promotes and protects social justice, fundamental human rights and freedoms, thus providing a transparent, responsive and accountable justice for all people living in South Africa.


Minister Masutha studied for a B. Proc at the then University of the

North (now University of Limpopo) from 1985 to 1988. He subsequently obtained an LLB Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1989.

He is passionate about the rights of people with disabilities, and has participated in movements for disabled students at university level.

In 1986 he participated in the formation of the Northern Transvaal Association for the Blind (NOTRAB).

From 1989 to 1996 he was a member of the National Council for the Blind’s Executive Committee where he advocated for the removal of discriminatory laws against blind people.

Minister Masutha brings a lot of experience into his role as Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, having served as a Member of Parliament since 1999.

He has served on a number of committees, including the Justice and Constitutional Development Committee, the Rules Committee and the Constitutional Review Committee.


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