Ngconde Balfour

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Nngconde Mathemba Bryce Balfour
High Commissioner to Botswana
Minister of Correctional Services
In office
29 April 2004 – 10 May 2009
Preceded by Ben Skosana
Succeeded by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Minister of Sport and Recreation
In office
21 June 1999 – 28 April 2004
Preceded by Steve Tshwete
Succeeded by Makhenkesi Stofile
Personal details
Born (1954-08-23) 23 August 1954 (age 64)
Alice, Eastern Cape
Political party African National Congress
Occupation Teacher

Ngconde Balfour (born 23 August 1954 in Alice, Eastern Cape[1]) was a South African politician and has served as Minister of Correctional Services and Minister of Sport.

Early life

Balfour was born in the Eastern Cape and completed his schooling at Jabavu High School in the town of Alice. He went on to study at Lovedale College and Fort Hare University. After spending time as a political detainee, Balfour went into exile in Australia from 1989 to 1992. While in Australia, he attended Victoria University, Australia.

Balfour has been a South African Member of Parliament since 1996 and was appointed as Minister of Correctional Services on 29 April 2004.

Following the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki in September 2008, Balfour was one of ten ministers who submitted their resignations on 23 September, although it was subsequently announced that he might be willing to remain in his post.[2] He was retained in his post in the Cabinet announced on 25 September.[3]

He was appointed as South Africa's high commissioner to Botswana but resigned the position less than a year after the diplomatic posting.[4]

In 2011 it was announced that he was taking over as the chairperson of Boxing South Africa[5]

Woodhill golf estate

His wife Thozama Mqobi-Balfour, Correctional services regional commissioner for Gauteng, was suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary process for renting a house in the Woodhill golf estate in Pretoria for some R30,000 a month despite having the use of an official residence.[6] She was also named by Auditor-General Terence Nombembe as one of 49 government officials who benefited from government contracts worth R74m. Fellow National commissioner Xoliswa Sibeko was also suspended for renting a home in the same golf estate for R35,000 a month.


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  2. ^ "Confusion rattles markets", Sapa (IOL), 23 September 2008.
  3. ^ "SA's new Cabinet", IOL, 25 September 2008.
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  6. ^ Mansion Prison boss suspended News24
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