Max Vuyisile Sisulu (born 23 August 1945[1]) is a South African politician who was Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa from 2009 to 2014. He was elected to the position on 6 May 2009, succeeding Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and becoming the first male post-apartheid speaker of the National Assembly.[2] He is also the first Black male to become speaker.

Max Vuyisile Sisulu
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Sisulu in 1985
4th Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa
In office
6 May 2009 – 21 May 2014
PresidentJacob Zuma
Preceded byGwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde
Succeeded byBaleka Mbete
Personal details
Born (1945-08-23) 23 August 1945 (age 76)
Transvaal, South Africa
Political partyAfrican National Congress
Spouse(s)Elinor Sisulu
Children5, including Shaka Sisulu
Parent(s)Walter Sisulu
Albertina Sisulu

Following the 2014 General Elections, Sisulu was replaced by Baleka Mbete as Speaker of the National Assembly.

He is a member of the African National Congress (ANC). Sisulu is the son of Walter and Albertina Sisulu, both prominent anti-apartheid activists in the ANC.[3]


Sisulu has been a member of the National Working Committee, a member of the Finance Commission and responsible for ANC economic transformation for 10 years. He holds a master's degree in economics from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics in Moscow and a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He participated in the prestigious Govan Mbeki Research Fellowship at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


  1. ^ "GCIS Profile information". Archived from the original on 13 December 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Sisulu accepts his job with humility". IOL. 6 May 2009.
  3. ^ Warby, Vivian (6 May 2009). "Sisulu elected as first male Speaker in Parliament". Government Communication and Information System. Archived from the original on 30 July 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2009.