Lindiwe Zulu Biography, Age, Qualification, Husband, Contact Details & Ginger

Lindiwe Zulu (born Lindiwe Daphney Zulu; 21 April 1958) is a South African politician. She is the current Minister of Small Business Development.

The former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, described minister Lindiwe as a “stupid idiotic woman” and a “little street woman”.

The minister tore apart two (2) banners mounted in remembrance of ninety-four (94) deceased mental health patients. 

The patients’ deaths resulted from unsuccessful transfer to the Life Esidimeni Facility due to budget cuts.

Lindiwe Zulu Biography

Lindiwe Zulu Biography
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She was born on the 21st of April 1958 in the village of Nhlazatshe, Mpumalanga. During the Apartheid, the village was burnt to the ground.

The village relocated to Madadeni, Newcastle, where they built new homes, which was located in Zululand Bantustan province. 

Her family moved to Swaziland, her mother is a Swazi and from Gege.

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Her date of birth is on 21 April 1958. Lindiwe Zulu is 62 years old (2020).


She attended St. Theresa’s and Mjingo schools. Zulu later attended the Swaziland Cooperative Development College.

She then became a member of the African National Congress (ANC).

In Exile

She attended the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College, SOMAFCO, in Tanzania. After gaining a scholarship, she went to USSR to study journalism.

After spending seven (7) years in Moscow, she achieved a master’s degree in journalism in the USSR and fluency in the Russian language.

She moved to Angola in 1987 to receive full military training with the Pan Africanist Women’s Organisation.

South African Return

In 1992, she returned to her country (South Africa). Zulu became the head of communications in the ANC Women’s League. 

The following year, 1993, Zulu became the spokesman for elections to the ANC’s department of information and publicity.

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She joined the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in 1994 occupied the position as Deputy Speaker in 1995. Zulu was the special advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999-2001).

She was the Chief Director for western and central Africa in the Department of Foreign Affairs (2001-2003).

Zulu was the South African Ambassador to Brazil in 2004 and served for four and a half years. She is the current ANC Member of Parliament since 2009.

Zulu was appointed to the National Working Committee of ANC in 2013. She has been the Minister of Small Business Development since 2014.


Lindiwe Zulu is married to Kgosietsile Itholeng, who was a fellow South African in exile. Lindi and her husband met in Angola. 

She is a mother of four (4) children namely Nokuthula, Phindile, Sipho, and Boitumelo. The couple named her son, Sipho, after her father.

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Contact Details

Postal Address: Private Bag X672, PRETORIA, 0001

Street Address: The dti, Block A, 3rd Floor, 77 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside, PRETORIA

Phone: 012 394 1006, 012 394 1813

Fax: 012 394 1006


She is often referred to her for her feisty character in the media and by fellow Parliamentarians. For the fact that she heads up a crucial administration.

Zulu had much to say on why she was not impressed when EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi once called her “Ginger” in a sitting in the National Assembly.



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