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Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is a South African politician who was appointed Minister of Defence and Military Veterans by President Jacob Zuma in June 2012. She was Minister of Home Affairs from 2004 to 2009 and Minister of Correctional Services from 2009 to 2012. Mapisa-Nqakula obtained a teacher's diploma from the Bensonvale Teachers College. In 1984, she left South Africa to undergo military training in Angola and the Soviet Union. During this time she served as the head of a commission that was set up to investigate desertions of ANC Umkhonto we Sizwe members to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Angola. She is married to Charles Nqakula. In 1993, she became the Secretary-General of the ANC Women's League. Before her appointment as Minister of Home Affairs, she held the position as Deputy-Minister of the department. (via Freebase)