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Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe (born 18 February 1953), is currently South Africa's Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development. He was born in Cato Manor, and lived there until 1958 when his family was forcibly removed to KwaMashu.[1]

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Education and Personal

He is married to Bridgette Radebe, South Africa's first black female mining entrepreneur and sister of Patrice Motsepe. He studied towards a law degree at the University of Zululand, and finished an LLM in International Law at the Karl Marx University, Leipzig in 1981.[2]

ANC History

Radebe joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1976, while he was a student. In 1977 the ANC sent Radebe to Mozambique, and soon after to Tanzania where he worked as a journalist for a radio station in Dar es Salaam. After an unsuccessful secret mission by the ANC, Radebe was arrested in 1986, and was convicted under the Terrorism Act of the then Apartheid government. He was sentenced to a 10-year imprisonment on Robben Island. After a successful 12 day hunger strike, Radebe was released from prison in 1990.

After the 1994 democratic elections, Radebe served as Minister of Public Works under Nelson Mandela. Under the leadership of Thabo Mbeki, Radebe served as Minister of Public Enterprises (1999 - 2004) and Minister of Transport (2004 - 2009). As Minister of Transport, Radebe was actively involved in the Arrive Alive campaign that strives to minimize road accidents. He is currently South Africa's Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development.

On 26 February 2007, Radebe was appointed acting Health minister, due to the ongoing ill health of current health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang[3]. He has since been succeeded in this position by Barbara Hogan.

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