Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma (born 27 January, 1949) is a South African politician and anti-apartheid activist. She was South Africa’s Minister of Health from 1994 to 1999, under President Nelson Mandela, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, under presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe. She is president Zuma’s ex wife.
Here are top 10 things you probably didn’t know about her.
10. High School.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma completed high school at the Amanzimtoti Training College in 1967.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma fled into exile; she completed her medical studies at the University of Bristol in 1978. She subsequently worked as a doctor at the Mbabane Government Hospital in Swaziland
8. How She Met Pres. Zuma.
She met Jacob Zuma while in exile in Swaziland Dlamini-Zuma met Jacob Zuma in Swaziland in the 1970s while both were living there in exile. She became his second wife when they married in 1972, and went on to have four children. They divorced in 1998, but remained on good terms, and continued to work together through several administrations.
7. Return From UK.
In 1985 Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma returned to the United Kingdom to complete a diploma in tropical child health from Liverpool University’s School of Tropical Medicine. After receiving her diploma, she worked for the ANC Regional Health Committee before accepting the position of director of the Health and Refugee Trust, a British non-governmental organisation.
6. CODESA Negotiations.
During the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) negotiations in 1992, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was part of the Gender Advisory Committee. After the first all-inclusive South African elections of 1994, she was appointed as Minister of Health in the cabinet of President Nelson Mandela.
5. Marriage To President Zuma.
Dlamini-Zuma married Jacob Zuma, with whom she has four children, Msholozi (born 1982), Gugulethu Zuma-Ncube(born 1985) married to one son of a Zimbabwean politician and President of MDC party Welshman Ncube, Thuli (Nokuthula Nomaqhawe) (born 1987) and Thuthu (Thuthukile Xolile Nomonde) (born 1988). They divorced in June 1998
4. Tobacco Control.
Dlamini-Zuma brought forward the Tobacco Products Control Bill in 1999, which made it illegal for anyone to smoke in public places.
3. First Female AU Chairperson.
She became the first woman to be voted Chairperson of the African Union In 2012, Dlamini-Zuma ran against the incumbent Jean Ping to become the first chairwoman of the African Union. She received 60 percent of the vote after a drawn-out election, and promised to try to unify a continent that voted largely along francophone vs. anglophone lines.
2.She declined the position of Deputy President to Thabo Mbeki.
While serving as the minister of foreign affairs in former President Mbeki’s cabinet, she was offered the position of deputy president after Jacob Zuma was fired. After speaking with her children, however, Dlamini-Zuma declined the offer, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka became deputy president instead.
1. Honorary Awards.
She has been awarded honorary Doctor of Law degrees by both the University of Natal (1995) and the University of Bristol (1996).