20. Dlamini-Zuma is regarded by many as the Mother of the Nation.
19. She is Zulu and was born in Natal born 27 January 1949.
18. She is a South African politician and anti-apartheid activist.
17. She was South Africa’s Minister of Health from 1994 to 1999, under President Nelson Mandela.
16. She was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 17 June 1999 to 10 May 2009, under presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe.
15. She was moved to the position of Minister of Home Affairs in the Cabinet of President Jacob Zuma,on 10 May 2009 a capacity in which she served until her resignation on 2 October 2012.
14. On 15 July 2012, Dlamini-Zuma was elected by the African Union Commission as its chairperson, making her the first woman to lead the organisation.
13. She has been tipped as a future leader of the African National Congress and South African.
12. She is the eldest of eight children.
11. She completed high school at the Amanzimtoti Training College in 1967.
10. In 1971, she started her studies in Zoology and Botany at the University of Zululand, from where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc).
9. She started her medical studies at the University of Natal, completing medical studies, however, at the University of Bristol in the UK in 1978
8. In 1976, Dlamini-Zuma fled into exile.
7. She subsequently worked as a doctor at the Mbabane Government Hospital in Swaziland, where she president Jacob Zuma.
6. 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.
5. Dlamini-Zuma brought forward the Tobacco Products Control Bill in 1999, which made it illegal for anyone to smoke in public places.
4. She was offered the Deputy Presidency of South Africa by Thabo Mbeki after he fired Jacob Zuma, but declined it after talking to her children.
3. Dlamini and Zuma divorced in 1998.
2. She 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 1989).
1.Dlamini-Zuma has been awarded honorary Doctor of Law degrees by both the University of Natal (1995) and the University of Bristol (1996).