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Ngconde Balfour (born 23 August 1954) is a South African politician and has been Minister of Correctional Services since 2004.

Balfour was born in the Eastern Cape and completed his schooling at Jabavu High School in the town of Alice. He went on to study at Lovedale College and Fort Hare University. After spending time as a political detainee, Balfour went into exile in Australia from 1989 to 1992. While in Australia, he attended Victoria University, Australia.

Balfour has been a South African Member of Parliament since 1996 and was appointed as Minister of Correctional Services on 29 April 2004.

Following the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki in September 2008, Balfour was one of ten ministers who submitted their resignations on September 23, although it was subsequently announced that he might be willing to remain in his post.[1] He was retained in his post in the Cabinet announced on September 25.[2]

Woodhill golf estate

His wife Thozama Mqobi-Balfour, Correctional services regional commissioner for Gauteng, was suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary process for renting a house in the Woodhill golf estate in Pretoria for some R30000 a month despite having the use of an official residence.[3] She was also named by Auditor-General Terence Nombembe as one of 49 government officials who benefited from government contracts worth R74m. Fellow National commissioner Xoliswa Sibeko was also suspended for renting a home in the same golf estate for R35000 a month.


  1. ^ "Confusion rattles markets", Sapa (IOL), September 23, 2008.
  2. ^ "SA's new Cabinet", IOL, September 25, 2008.
  3. ^ Mansion Prison boss suspended News24


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