Steve Tshwete started off his career in government as Minister of Sport. He was also the leader of the House of Parlaiment and head of the ANC's political organising department.
His claim to fame in the early days were the constant battles with soccer and rugby officials for transformation in sport. He has solid backing from most government ministers as well as the ANC itself. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela took the ANC on for failing to deliver on party promises and Tshwete was given the task to sort her out.
Tshwetes' term as Minister of Sport have been applauded as well as criticised. Getting onflicting sporting groups to unite seemed to be one of his specialities, but introducing two new bills (South African Sports Commission Bill and National Sport and Recreation Bill) shifted a process of negotiation to legislation. This was not a popular move.
Tshwete was jailed for a year in 1978 for his Umkhonto weSizwe activities. Four years after his release he played a major role in forming and establishing the United Democratic Front in the Eastern Cape. He went into exile shortly after.
He was born 12 November 1938 and currently holds the post of Minister of Safety and Security.
Steve Tshwete passed away on 26 April 2002 at the age of 64. This was due to an infection after a surgical procedure at 1 Military Hospital.
Source: Mail & Guardian
– A-Z of South Arican politics 1999