Deputy Minister Malusi Gigaba was born on August 30th 1971 at Eshowe in KwaZulu/Natal. He is a second born to Reverend Jabulani T.L. Gigaba, Anglican Priest, and Mrs. Nomthandazo A. Gigaba, Nurse. He has three sisters and a brother. He is married to Nokthaba P. Nxumalo and together they have a daughter, Lerato Minenhle Qhakazile. His hobbies include soccer, gym, jogging, reading and writing.
He is currently the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs (29 April 2004) and a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC).
Gigaba graduated from the University of Durban-Westville with a Bachelor of Pedagogics (Education) in 1991. He further completed a Master of Arts degree in Social Policy, majoring in Urban Affairs and Policy, in 1993, graduating in 1994.
In 1996, together with his supervisor, Gigaba published an article: Gigaba, M. and Maharaj, B. (1996): "Land invasions during political transition: the Wiggins saga in Cato Manor" in Development Southern Africa, Vol. 13, pp. 217-235.
In 1997, the UDW Faculty of Education conferred on him a Certificate of Merit for Outstanding achievements and contribution to faculty and society. In June 2002, the Cuban National University Students Federation awarded him the highest medal awarded to students and youth leaders in Cuba, the Jose' Antonio Echeverrias Medal, at the University of Havana's Aula Matta.
Addressed in 1995, Gigaba presented a paper at The First International Geography Conference, 10th-14th July 1995, at the University of Durban-Westville entitled: "Land Invasions during political transition: the Wiggins saga in Cato Manor". This paper was based on his MA dissertation.
Political and Community Experience
He has been active in various students and youth organisations. He is a member of the ANC and the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), and has served in different leadership positions within these organisations, especially the ANCYL. He was elected ANCYL President in 1996 and was re-elected in 1998 and again in 2001 for the third term.
Between 1999 and 2001, he was a Member of Parliament for the ANC and resigned in 2001. He was re-elected to Parliament in 2004.
In 1999, he was nominated as a Patron of the Celebrating Youth Awakenings Projects (a project aimed at collecting a South African youth anthology).
He is a Patron of the Oasis for Hope Hospice in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni. He is also a patron of the Tholulwazi Organisation of Youth which is a Youth Leadership and Life-Skills Programme.