African National Congress (ANC) heavyweight Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe has officially joined the race to become party president.
Radebe accepted the nomination by branches in Pretoria on Monday night August, 1, 2017, during a Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture in Nellmapius.
“I am the servant of the people, the branches are the structures of the organisation, and we are what we are because of the branches of the ANC. I thank you for your confidence; I thank you for your trust. I am prepared to serve the people,” Radebe said to SABC.
Jeff Radebe was born in February 18 1953 in Cato Manor, Durban KwaZulu-Natal. He studied law at the University of Zululand and completed LLM in International Law at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig, Germany.
He joined the ANC in 1976 while he was a student.
Radebe served as Minister of Public Works under former President Nelson Mandela.
Under former President Thabo Mbeki, 1999-2004, Radebe was Minister of Public Enterprises and Minister of Transport, 2004-2009.
In 2007 Radebe served as acting Minister of Health because Manto Tshabalala-Msimang the Minister of Health then was ill.
He is currently a Minister in the Presidency. He previously sat on the Board of Directors 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee.
He is also an ANC Member of Parliament and ANC member of National Working Committee.
Jeff Radebe throws hat in presidential race
Radebe has dismissed some party veterans’ comments that he’s not fit to be the President of South Africa as he has not convincingly apologised for his sex scandal.
Social media was abuzz after a weekend newspaper reported that Radebe was in hot water for sending text messages in which he asked for nude pictures from the Union Buildings member of staff‚ Siyasanga Mbambani.
Radebe says he has already apologised.