Fikile April Mbalula was appointed as South Africa’s Minister of Transport on May 30, 2019. His office, the Department of Transport, is responsible for policy-making and regulating all matters concerning public transport, rail transport, civil aviation, road transport and maritime transport in the country.
A member of the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee from December 2009 and a member of Parliament for many years, Mbalula also served as Minister of Police of the Republic of South Africa from March 31, 2017 until February 26, 2018.
Prior, he served as Deputy Minister of Police between 2009 and 2010.
Mbalula underwent extensive training in Leadership Skills by the Careers Research and Information Centre and as a counselor by the Organization for Appropriate Social Services in South Africa in psychotherapy.
He also served as President of the Botshabelo Youth Congress between 1986 and 1987; as Publicity Secretary for the Botshabelo Youth Congress in 1987, and; as Vice-President of Botshabelo Student Congress in 1987.
Mbalula was an Area member of the United Democratic Front in 1989; Secretary of the ANC Provisional Youth Committee in 1990; regional Secretary of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) from 1991 to 1994; provincial Secretary of ANCYL from 1994 to 1996 and Secretary of the ANCYL Political Education from 1996 to 1998.
In 1998, he became a member of the Local Branch Executive Committee of South African Youth Congress (Sayco) and an affiliate member of the Socialist International. He also served in various leadership capacities, including as President, to the International Union of Socialist Youth.
Mbatula also served as Minister of Sports and Recreation for many years, initiating numerous projects empowering South African youth to prepare them for a productive future.