Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Biography: Age, Husband, Education, Children, Net Worth, Previous Offices & Contact Details

Basic Information

Stage Name: Nkosazana Dlamini
Real Name: Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-
Occupation: Politician, Doctor, Anti-apartheid Activist
Date Of Birth/Age:
Place of Birth: Natal, Union of
Gender: Female
Nationality: South African
Marital Status: Jacob Zuma (Married in 1982, Divorced in 1998)
Education: University of Zululand

University of Natal

University of Bristol

University of Liverpool


Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, also referred to by her initials NDZ, is a South African medical doctor, politician, and former anti-apartheid activist. She is a long-standing member of the African National Congress (ANC) and currently serves as Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. She also serves as the Chancellor of the University of Limpopo.


Nkosazana Dlamini- was born on 27 January 1949, to a Zulu family in Natal, in the Union of South Africa. Nkosazana’s father, Willibrod Gweva, was a teacher [his brother Stephen Dlamini was an activist in the African National Congress (ANC)] while her mother, Rose, was a homemaker. She was born the eldest of eight children. Nkosazana celebrated her 73rd birthday on 27 January 2022.


Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma married former South African president Jacob Zuma in 1982. However, Dlamini-Zuma divorced Zuma in June 1998, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple had four daughters together.


Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma completed her high school education in Amanzimtoti at Adams College, a mission school attended by many ANC faithfuls. She matriculated from high school in 1967. She had initially wanted to become a lawyer but indulged her father’s eagerness for her to become a doctor. Nkosazana earned a BSc degree in zoology and botany from the University of Zululand in 1971.

Source: Parliament of RSA

Later, she went to the University of Natal, where she studied medicine. She went into exile in 1976 when her political activities began to attract police attention. She then finished medical studies in the United Kingdom, graduating with an MBChB from the University of Bristol in 1978. Dlamini-Zuma returned to the United Kingdom in 1985 to complete a diploma in tropical child health at Liverpool University’s School of Tropical Medicine.


Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is a mother to four daughters she had while she was married to former South African president Jacob Zuma between 1982 and 1998. Her first daughter Msholozi Zuma was born in 1982, while the second, Gugulethu Zuma-Ncube, was born in 1984. She married the son of Zimbabwean politician Welshman Ncube. The third, Nokuthula Nomaqhawe, was born in 1987, while their last daughter Thuthukile was born in 1989. She was reportedly controversially appointed Chief of Staff in the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services in 2014.

Source: TimesLIVE

Net Worth

The exact estimate of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s net worth is unknown to the general public. However, her successful career as a medical doctor and politician has earned her a lot of money through the years. Recall that she is also the chancellor of the University of Limpopo. Savannanews reported that the net worth of “the former African Union chairperson is reportedly valued at R1.6 billion in 2020.” This is an unconfirmed estimate because neither she nor anyone on her team has said a thing about it.

Previous Offices

From 1994-1999, Dlamini-Zuma served as the Minister of Health. From 1999 to 2009, she served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs under the presidents and Kgalema Motlanthe. From 2009–2012, she served as the Minister of Home Affairs. She became chairperson of the African Union from 2012 till 2017. Dlamini-Zuma’s leadership as chairperson was considered a disappointing failure. In February 2018, she was appointed Dlamini-Zuma Minister in the Presidency with responsibility for Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation by President Cyril Ramaphosa. She was moved to the head of the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs by Ramaphosa following his re-election in 2019.

Contact Details

You can contact Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma via the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs;


Postal Address: Private Bag X802, PRETORIA, 0001

Street Address: 87 Hamilton Street, Arcadia, PRETORIA, 0083

Phone: 012 334 0705

Fax: 012 326 4478

You can also reach her through the following details;

Postal Address:
  • Private Bag X1000, PRETORIA, 0001
  • Private Bag X1000, CAPE TOWN, 8000
Street Address:
  • Union Buildings, Government Avenue, East Wing, 1st Floor, Arcadia, PRETORIA
  • Good Hope Building, 1st Floor, Room 1, Plein Street, CAPE TOWN
012 300 5200
021 681 5758
012 300 5795
021 464 2147
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