Fikile April Mbalula was born on 8 April, 1971 in the Free State. He is the Minister of Police in the Cabinet of South Africa, a former deputy minister of police, a member of the national executive committee of the African National Congress and former leader of the African National Congress Youth League.
Mbalula was appointed Deputy Minister of Police in the cabinet of Jacob Zuma in May 2009 and later became the Minister of Sport and Recreation after President Jacob Zuma changed his cabinet. On 31 March 2017 following a controversial reshuffling in the cabinet, he was appointed as Minister of Police taking over from Nathi Nhleko after lobbying from the ANC Youth League and possibly as a reward for loyalty towards Zuma, according to media speculation.
In the 2009 general elections he was the manager of the ANC election campaign, which was considered highly successful. Known for his disregard for speaking conventions, Fikile has several times made headlines with controversial statements. In June 2007 he likened the University of KwaZulu-Natal to Bombay, saying black students were left on the periphery while those of Indian descent swelled the ranks.
Looking at his controversial statements and consequences; Mbalula is known for his disregard for speaking conventions, Filike has several times made headlines with controversial statements. In June 2007 he likened the University of KwaZulu-Natal to Bombay, saying black students were left on the periphery while those of Indian descent swelled the ranks.
In December 2007, amid rising tensions in the run-up to the ANC’s Polokwane conference, Mbalula wrote a letter to finance minister Trevor Manuel calling him arrogant and an “Attention-Seeking Drama Queen“. This followed Manuel dismissing Mbalula as a “self-appointed spokesperson of the national democratic revolution”. In April 2008 Fikile said that Barney Pityana, rector of the University of South Africa, had “made a clown of himself by his overzealous confusion and comical postulations” after Pityana expressed criticism of Zuma. In January 2014, after Bafana Bafana were eliminated in the first round from the CHAN competition, Mbalula said that the national team were “a bunch of losers”.