Thembi Nkadimeng (born in 1972-73) is a South African politician. She serves as the Deputy Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
She was appointed to the position following a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday 5 August 2021.
Though she is among the youngest members of Cyril Ramaphosa’s aging national executive, her past achievements speak for her.
She has held several notable positions in public service. Thembi boasts years of experience in Limpopo ANC. She succeeded Freddy Greaver to serve as the Polokwane mayor after the election in 2014.
|Born||1972-73 (age 48 years)|
|Education||Diploma, BA, BPhil|
|Alma mater||University of the North|
University of Stellenbosch
|Position||Mayor of Polokwane (2014-date)|
|Parents||Late Mr. Simelane (father)|
Mrs. Sizakele Simelane (mother)
She had an older sister Nokuthula who was taken by the Security Branch and was never seen again. Years after, she lost her father and in 2017 her brother died.
Thembi has spent over 30 years trying to connect the dots leading to her sister whereabout. Though these years haven’t yielded a fruitful result.
Her family has given up hope of finding their daughter Nokuthula Simelane alive.
She holds a higher education diploma from the University of the North. Thembi also obtained a Bachelor of Arts (honors) degree and BPhil (political studies) from the University of Stellenbosch.
Thembi also attended Wits Business School for several advanced programs in management.
She has also been serving as the mayor of Polokwane since July 2014. Thembi was the Deputy President of SALGA before being the president.
Thembi holds the record as the second female president of the organization since it was formed. Thembi Nkadimeng is also the Co-President of United Cities of Local Government (UCLG).
She has occupied the position of the Executive Mayor of Polokwane Municipality in Limpopo Province since 2014.
Nkadimeng has also occupied positions of management both in the public administration and private sector.
After decades of fruitless search for Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) fighter Nokuthula Simelane, Thembi and her family have given up hope.
Thembi Nkadimeng has spent over 30 years looking for her sister. Reports covered that the Securit Branch responsible for taking her sister away tortured her.
I went to the TRC with my family. It was very painful for all of us. We were in tears. It was sad. It was gruesome. It was the first time we interacted with the facts and the judges were so thorough. They asked: ‘Did you kick her? Did you punch her? What did you do?’ And they said: ‘We would throw her into the dam; she would soil herself. We would cover her with a wet bag until she would lose consciousness.
According to other reports;
Nokuthula was tortured by the Security Branch. She was beaten, suffocated with a wet bag, and electrocuted. She was also deprived of sleep.
Black Security Branch members shared the details of the torture and were said to have taken part. Although, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) granted two members amnesty.
However, those believed to have a hand in her murder are yet to stand trial.
|Postal Address||PO Box 111, POLOKWANE, 0700|
|Street Address||cnr Landros Marais and Bodenstein Streets, POLOKWANE|
|Phone||015 290 2000|
|Fax||015 290 2106|
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