Thandi Modise

Thandi Modise (born 25 December 1959, Vryburg)[1] is a South African politician, activist, topographer and former Anti-Apartheid guerilla. She is currently serving as Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa. She served as Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces[2] from 2014 to 2019.

Thandi Modise

Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa
Assumed office
22 May 2019
PresidentCyril Ramaphosa
DeputySolomon Lechesa Tsenoli
Preceded byBaleka Mbete
Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces
In office
21 May 2014 – 22 May 2019
DeputyRaseriti Tau
Preceded byM. J. Mahlangu
Succeeded byAmos Masondo
4th Premier of North West
In office
19 November 2010 – 20 May 2014
Preceded byMaureen Modiselle
Succeeded bySupra Mahumapelo
Deputy Secretary-General of the African National Congress
In office
16 December 2007 – December 2012
Preceded bySankie Mthembi-Mahanyele
Succeeded byJessie Duarte
Personal details
Born (1959-12-25) 25 December 1959 (age 60)
Vryburg, North West Province
NationalitySouth African
Political partyAfrican National Congress
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

  • Politician
  • Activist
  • Topographer
  • Anti-Apartheid Guerilla
Military service
AllegianceUmkhonto We Sizwe
Years of service1970-1980
RankCommander and Political Commissar

She left South Africa in 1976 to join the African National Congress and received training in Angola. She returned to South Africa in 1978 as an Umkhonto weSizwe operative.[1] She was arrested and imprisoned in 1979, becoming the first woman in South Africa to be jailed for MK activities.[1]

She served as the Premier of North West from 19 November 2010 to 21 May 2014, when she was replaced by Supra Mahumapelo, also from the ANC, after the 2014 general election.

Animal cruelty chargesEdit

In July 2014, the NSPCA discovered a number of dead animals, including chickens, pigs, goats and geese, on a farm owned by Modise in Modderfontein, outside Potchefstroom in the North West Province. It was apparent that the animals had gone without food and water for more than a week, and 85 remaining pigs on the farm had resorted to cannibalising 58 dead pigs.[3] No workers were present on the property. North West Police confirmed on 7 July that she will face charges of animal cruelty in violation of the Animal Protection Act. She responded to the claims by stating that she was "learning"[4] how to farm, and that she had appointed a farm manager, but he had abandoned his duties to attend to a family matter.[5] Approximately four months later, it was reported that conditions on the farm had improved, that Modise's cattle had been receiving sufficient food and were in an "acceptable condition".[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Thandi Modise". SA History Online. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "Thandi Modise elected National Council of Provinces chair". TimesLive. May 22, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  3. ^ "Thandi Modise could face criminal charges over farm horror". eNCA. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Today's top stories". Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Modise to cooperate with SPCA". Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Better conditions at Thandi Modise's farm". The Citizen. Retrieved 21 January 2015.