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Steve Vukhile Tshwete (born 12 November 1938 in Springs, Gauteng - 12 April 2002) was a South African politician and activist with the African National Congress. Involved in the Umkhonto we Sizwe, Tshwete was imprisoned by the apartheid authorities on Robben Island from February 1964 to 1983. Upon release, Tshwete resumed activities with the ANC and become a regional coordinator for the new United Democratic Front. Following the end of apartheid in 1994, Tshwete became involved in sport in South Africa and was instrumental in de-racializing the national teams as Minister of Sport and Recreation. He served in Thabo Mbeki's first government as the Minister of Safety and Security from 1999 until his death in April 2002. Steve Tshwete Local Municipality in Mpumalanga Province is named after him.[1]




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