First Lady of South Africa

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First Lady of the
Republic of South Africa
Tshepo Motsepe

since 15 February 2018
Residence Mahlamba Ndlopfu (Pretoria)
Genadendal (Cape Town)
Dr. John L. Dube House (Durban)
Inaugural holder Cornelia Swart
Formation 31 May 1961
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The First Lady of South Africa is the title held by the wife or most senior wife of the President of South Africa.

First Ladies of South Africa

Apartheid era

First Lady State President In Office
Cornelia Swart Charles Robberts Swart 1961–1967
Lettie Fouché Jacobus Johannes Fouché 1968–1975
Marga Potgeiter Nico Diederichs 1975–1978
Martini Vorster B. J. Vorster 1978–1979
Dorothea Viljoen Marais Viljoen 1979–1984
Elize Botha Pieter Willem Botha 1984–1989
Marike de Klerk F. W. de Klerk 1989–1994

Post-Apartheid era

First Lady President In Office
Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane
Zenani Mandela-Dlamini
Nelson Mandela 1994–1999
Graça Machel
(married in 1998)
Zanele Mbeki Thabo Mbeki 1999–2008
Mapula Motlanthe Kgalema Motlanthe 2008–2009
Sizakele Zuma Jacob Zuma[NB 1] 2009–2018
Nompumelelo Ntuli Zuma
Tshepo Motsepe Cyril Ramaphosa 2018–present

See also


  1. ^ both Sizakele Zuma and Nompumelelo Ntuli Zuma have been referred to on the official Presidency of South Africa website as First Lady


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