Thandi Modise (born 25 December 1959) is a controversial female South African politician. She is respected for her benevolence and the integrity she upholds.
As a patriotic South African since the apartheid, she played a huge role and contributed against it.
She has continued to put in many efforts to see that the country reaches a reputable stage. Thandi tries to achieve South Africa as a “free for all” nation. One of her notable efforts was as an anti-apartheid guerrilla.
|Full Name:||Thandi Modise|
|Born:||25 December 1959 (age 62)|
|Place of Birth:||Vryburg, South Africa|
|Education:||Industrial Psychology and Economics • Security studies|
|Office:||Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of South Africa since 2021|
|Net Worth:||$1 million – $5 million|
Thandi Modise was born on 25 December 1959 in Vryburg, North West province, South Africa. She is yet to reveal who her parents and siblings are.
However, we gathered that her love for politics started when she was a teenager. She was part of the ANC political party faction in Angola.
She flew to the Republic of Angola to complete her registration with the political party. Ms. Modise also underwent military training for two years.
At 19, she flew back to South Africa and eventually got arrested for her affiliation with the Umkhonto weSizwe group.
She enrolled for a B. Comm degree in Industrial Psychology and Economics at the University of South Africa (UNISA). In 2000, Thandi attended a special leadership course at the University of United Nations University in Jordan.
She also obtained certificates in security studies from the Naval University in Montreal.
On 19 November 2020, she became the Premier of North West and then left office on 21 May 2014. Supra Mahumapelo took over from her following the general election held in 2014.
She serves as the Minister of Defense and Military Veterans and was appointed on August 5, 2021.
After an election in 1994, she became a Member of Parliament of the Republic of South Africa until 2004.
She also occupied the position of chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Defense and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence (1998-2004).
In 2004, she became the speaker of the North West Provincial Legislature and served until 2009. She was also a member of the National Executive Committee of ANC Women’s League (1994-2004).
She occupied the position of Elected Deputy President of the ANCWL (1994-2004). In 2004, she served through the office of the President of the African National Congress Women’s League.
In 1994, Thandi became a member of the African National Congress National Executive Committee until 2012. In 2007, she became the Deputy Secretary-General ANC until 2012.
She has also been active in several Peace-building Activities and leading debates in the National Assembly.
Thandi served as a counselor and chairwoman of the Robben Island Museum Council (1994-2010).
On 14 October 2021, Thandi and her deputy were taken hostage by the people affiliated with Liberation Struggle War Veterans (LSWV).
About 3 hours later, a team of the Special Task Force launched a physical attack on the facility. They rescued those hostages at the hotel in Pretoria and arrested many individuals.
- Inclusive Security: Women Waging Peace Policy Commission
- Board of Ilitha la Bathu
- Board of International Security Studies
- Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission
In 2017, reports covered that Thandi was caught taking a travel allowance of over R125 000.
Reports further claimed that she wasn’t entitled to the allowance as she was a chairperson of the National Council of Provinces. She then received a request to pay back the money over 3 years.
She has gained power, fame, and financial independence due to her political status. According to The Nation, Ms. Thandi Modise is worth $1 million – $5 million.
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