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Minister of Home Affairs (South Africa)

South Africa
Minister of Home Affairs
Aaron Motsoaledi
since 29 May 2019
Department of Home Affairs
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerCyril Ramaphosa
Inaugural holderJan Smuts
Formation31 May 1910
DeputyFatima Chohan
WebsiteDepartment of Home Affairs

The Minister of Home Affairs is the minister in the Cabinet of South Africa with responsibility for the Department of Home Affairs. This position is currently filled by Aaron Motsoaledi, who was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 29 May 2019.[2] The position includes responsibility for immigration, refugee and asylum policy, for the civil registry, and for the issuing of identity documents and passports.

List of Past Ministers

Minister of the Interior Affairs, 1910–1984

Name Portrait Term Party Prime Minister
Jan Smuts 1910 1912 SAP Louis Botha
(I) (II)
Abraham Fischer 1912 1913
Jan Smuts 1913 1919
Thomas Watt
Smuts Cabinet 1923.jpg
1919 1921
Jan Smuts
(takes office after Botha dies)
SAP Jan Smuts
(I) (II)
Patrick Duncan 1921 1924
D.F. Malan 19 June 1924 17 May 1933 NP J.B.M. Hertzog
(I) (II)
J.F.H Hofmeyer 17 May 1933 1936 UP J.B.M. Hertzog
(III) (IV)
Richard Stuttaford 1936 1939
Harry Lawrence 1939 17 July 1943
Jan Smuts
(takes office after Hertzog resignation)
C.F. Clarkson
SA Cabinet 1939.jpg
17 July 1943 26 May 1948 UP Jan Smuts
T.E. Dönges 26 May 1948 16 April 1958 HNP D.F. Malan
(I) (II)
Tom Naudé 16 April 1958 8 October 1961 NP Strydom
Hendrik Verwoerd
(takes office after Strydom's death)
Jan de Klerk 8 October 1961 30 March 1966 NP Hendrik Verwoerd
(I) (II)
P.K. le Roux 30 March 1966 10 April 1968
Lourens Muller 10 April 1968 1970
B.J. Vorster
(takes office after Verwoerd's death)
Marais Viljoen 1970 1970 NP B.J. Vorster
(I) (II) (III)
Theo Gerdener 1970 1972
Connie Mulder 1972 1978
Alwyn Schlebusch 1978 1980
Jan Christiaan Heunis 1980 1982
NP P.W. Botha
F.W. de Klerk 1982 1984

Minister of Internal Affairs, 1984–1994

Name Portrait Term Party President (since 1984)
F.W. de Klerk 1984 1985 NP P.W. Botha
(I) (II)
Stoffel Botha 1985 6 September 1989
Gene Louw 6 September 1989 1992 NP F.W. de Klerk
Louis Pienaar 1992 1993
Danie Schutte 1993 10 May 1994

Minister of Home Affairs, 1994–present

Name Portrait Term Party President
Mangosuthu Buthelezi 10 May 1994 – 13 July 2004 IFP Nelson Mandela

(Government of National Unity)

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula 13 July 2004 – 21 April 2009 ANC Thabo Mbeki

Kgalema Motlanthe

(after Mbeki resigned from office)

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma 22 April 2009 – 3 October 2012 ANC Jacob Zuma
Naledi Pandor 4 October 2012 – 6 May 2014 ANC
Malusi Gigaba 7 May 2014 – 30 March 2017 ANC
Hlengiwe Mkhize 30 March 2017 – 17 October 2017 ANC
Ayanda Dlodlo 17 October 2017 – 26 February 2018 ANC
Malusi Gigaba 27 February 2018 - 13 November 2018[3] ANC Cyril Ramaphosa
Siyaboga Cwele 13 November 2018 - 29 May 2019 ANC
Aaron Motsoaledi 30 May 2019 – Present ANC


  1. ^ "Determination salaries and allowances of the Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers Archived 29 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine", Proclamation No. 3 of 2015.
  2. ^ "JUST IN: Malusi Gigaba falls on his sword and resigns from Cabinet". News24. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  3. ^ "JUST IN: Malusi Gigaba falls on his sword and resigns from Cabinet". News24. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
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