Mzansi Profiles! People Angie Motshekga Biography: Early Life | Teaching Career | Political Journey | Ministerial Roles | Personal Life

Angie Motshekga Biography: Early Life | Teaching Career | Political Journey | Ministerial Roles | Personal Life

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This is the biography of Angie Motshekga, a prominent South African politician and educator with a career spanning decades. She has made significant contributions to education and political leadership.

 

Early Life and Teaching Career

Matsie Angelina “Angie” Motshekga was born on June 19, 1955, in Soweto. She received her primary education from various schools in Soweto and matriculated from a boarding school in Matatiele. She pursued higher education at the University of the North, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Later, she obtained a Bachelor of Educational Science degree and a master’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.

In 1981, Motshekga began her teaching career at Orlando High School. She later became a lecturer at the Soweto College of Education and then at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Angie Motshekga Political Career

During the 1980s, Motshekga actively participated in the struggle against apartheid. She was a member of the Soweto Education Crisis Committee, which eventually became part of the National Education Coordinating Committee. Her involvement extended to the United Democratic Front and the National Education Union of South Africa.

 

Angie Motshekga Biography

Angie Motshekga Biography [Image: Sunday World]

 

Motshekga’s dedication to education and social justice led to her pivotal role in the formation of the South African Democratic Teachers Union.

From 1994 to 1997, she held the position of director in the Office of the Presidency. In 1997, she was elected as the Deputy Provincial Secretary of the ANC Women’s League. In 2000, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa appointed her to the Social Development portfolio of the Executive Council. After the 2004 general election, Motshekga returned to the legislature for a second term, where Shilowa reassigned her to the Education portfolio.

In 2008, Motshekga was elected national president of the ANCWL, defeating the League’s secretary-general, Bathabile Dlamini. She was appointed Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Social Development in 2000 and served as MEC for Education from April 2004 until 2009. On 6 May 2009, she joined Parliament. On 11 May 2009, she became the Minister of Education.

During her first term, textbook deliveries to schools in Limpopo Province were delayed from December 2011 to June 2012. Despite facing calls to resign, she remained in her position. Following the 2014 National Elections, she was reappointed as Minister of Basic Education in May 2014. After the 2019 National Elections, she was once again reappointed as Minister of Basic Education in June 2019, marking her third term.

 

Angie Motshekga Biography

Angie Motshekga Biography [Image: TimesLIVE]

 

In 2024, President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Motshekga Minister of Defense and Military Veterans.

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Angie Motshekga Personal Life

Angie is married to Mathole Motshekga, a well-known South African lawyer and politician. Mathole previously served as the Premier of Gauteng and was also the ANC chief whip. The couple has been together for nearly three decades. They share two children: a son named Kabelo Motshekga and a daughter named Makgatho Mmathari Motshekga. Additionally, they are blessed with grandchildren.

 

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