Thulani Dlomo biography, age, qualifications, book, SSA

Thulani Dlomo (born 1 July 1971 in Johannesburg) is a public figure in South Africa. He is credited with serving as Deputy Director-General of SSA.

While Jacob Zuma served as president, he was South Africa’s ambassador to Japan. Dlomo is loyal to former president Jacob Zuma.

When he was a spy, he received accusations for creating a private militia to protect Zuma. Reports covered that he is the brain behind the violent pro-Zuma protest.

The protest left South Africa in a state of civil insurrection calming the lives of many and destroying properties. 


Thulani Dlomo biography
His Excellency Ambassador Thulani Dlomo.
NameThulani Dlomo
Born1 July 1971 (age 50 years)
Johannesburg, Gauteng
NationalitySouth African
EducationBiblical Studies and International Politics
Political Science and Government
Alma materUniversity of South Africa
BookThe Encounter
Marital statusMarried


He was born on 1 July 1971 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. He holds Zulu traditions in high esteem and made headlines for wearing traditional Zulu attire to the SA embassy in Tokyo, Japan.


In 2014, Thulani attended the University of South Africa (UNISA). He completed his undergraduate academic pursuit in 2017. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies and International Politics.

He returned to the university to study for an Honours in Political Science & Government.


He is not a newbie in the political affairs of the country. At the age of 13, he was already doing politics. He belonged to the African National Congress (ANC) and fought for freedom. Thulani was forced into exile.

In 2012, he gained prominence for working at the State Security Agency. He worked under the capacity of the Chief Director.

After two years, in 2014, following the efforts he put at work was a promotion to the position of Deputy General.

He received several accusations while working in the SSA. Thulani was accused of using the country’s intelligence to engage in “dirty politics”.

In 2017, president Jacob Zuma appointed him as South Africa’s ambassador to Japan. He served in the capacity for two years and his tenure ended in early 2019.

Cyril Ramaphosa recalled him after becoming the President of South Africa. After the recall, Thulani stayed silent and eventually was fired. His salary and benefits were stopped with immediate effect.


The former spy boss is also an author and published his first work in October 2020. The book is called The Encounter.


Jailing Jacob Zuma on July 8, 2021, came with unrest and looting in the country. The protest kicked off in KwaZulu-Natal and spread like wildfire across the country.

Protesters, who are majorly Zuma’s supporters, call for his release. Many South Africans involved have been reported injured and properties were also destroyed. The violence has also claimed the lives of many.

The online news site News24 made a shocking reveal in a publication. It covered that the former spy boss is among those that masterminded the KwaZulu-Natal protest.

The site linked him to the protest for being a known loyal Zuma supporter. Also, his SSA unit served as Zuma’s private militia. 

New24 further reported that SA authorities received information from intelligence officials. The information claimed that the former spy boss is a “prime suspect”.


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