- Dullah Omar
Abdullah Mohamed Omar (May 26, 1934 - March 13, 2004), better known as Dullah Omar, was a South African anti-Apartheid activist, lawyer, and a minister in the South African cabinet from 1994 till his death.
Early life and education
His movement restricted by "banning orders" and detained without trial repeatedly, he also survived plots by the apartheid government to assassinate him. In 1989, he became a spokesman of Nelson Mandela, during the last months of the latter's imprisonment.
In 1994, Omar became Minister of Justice in South Africa in Nelson Mandela's ANC government, and was the first cabinet minister appointed Acting President in the absence of both the President and Deputy President from South Africa. He played a major role in transforming the South African justice system.
In 1999, following the election of Thabo Mbeki as President, Omar became the Minister of Transport, a post that he held until his death of cancer. His performance as transport minister was exceptional..
Of Indian descent and a lifelong resident of the Western Cape, he was married with three children, and was buried with official honours, and in accordance with Muslim tradition on the day of his death.
pre-Apartheid (1910-1948) Apartheid-era (1948-1994) Post-Apartheid (1994-present) Ministers of Nelson Mandela's first government (1994-1996) Deputy PresidentsFrederik Willem de Klerk / Thabo Mbeki MinistersKraai van Niekerk (Agriculture) • Ben Ngubane (Arts and Culture) • Pallo Jordan (Communications) • Roelf Meyer (1994-1996) / Chris Fismer (1996) (Constitutional Development and Provincial Affairs) • Sipo Mzimela (Correctional Services) • Joe Modise (Defence) • Sibusiso Bengu (Education) • Dawid de Villiers (Environmental Affairs and Tourism) • Derek Keys (1994) / Chris Liebenberg (1994-1996) (Finance) • Alfred Nzo (Foreign Affairs) • John Mavuso (1996) (General Services) • Nkosazana Zuma (Health) • Mangosuthu Buthelezi (Home Affairs) • Joe Slovo (1994-1995) / Sankie Mtembi-Nkondo (1995-1996) (Housing) • Dullah Omar (Justice) • Tito Mboweni (Labour) • Derek Hanekom (Land Affairs) • Pik Botha (Minerals and Energy) • Stella Sigcau (Public Enterprises) • Zola Skweyiya (Public Service and Administration) • Jeff Radebe (Public Works) • Sydney Mufamadi (Safety and Security) • Steve Tshwete (Sport and Recreation) • Jay Naidoo (1994-1996) (The Presidency) • Trevor Manuel (Trade and Industry) • Mac Maharaj (Transport) • Kader Asmal (Water Affairs and Forestry) • Abe Williams (1994-1996) / Patrick McKenzie (1996) (Welfare) Deputy President MinistersDerek Hanekom (Agriculture and Land Affairs) • Ben Ngubane (1996-1997, 1999) / Lionel Mtshali (1997-1999) (Arts and Culture) • Jay Naidoo (Communications) • Mohammed Valli Moosa (Constitutional Development and Provincial Affairs) • Sipo Mzimela (1996-1998) / Ben Skosana (1998-1999) (Correctional Services) • Joe Modise (Defence) • Sibusiso Bengu (Education) • Pallo Jordan (Environmental Affairs and Tourism) • Trevor Manuel (Finance) • Alfred Nzo (Foreign Affairs) • Nkosazana Zuma (Health) • Mangosuthu Buthelezi (Home Affairs) • Sankie Mtembi-Nkondo (Housing) • Dullah Omar (Justice) • Tito Mboweni (1996-1998) / Membathisi Mdladlana (1998-1999) (Labour) • Penuell Maduna (Minerals and Energy) • Stella Sigcau (Public Enterprises) • Zola Skweyiya (Public Service and Administration) • Jeff Radebe (Public Works) • Sydney Mufamadi (Safety and Security) • Steve Tshwete (Sport and Recreation) • Gert Johannes Gerwel (The Presidency) • Alec Erwin (Trade and Industry) • Mac Maharaj (Transport) • Kader Asmal (Water Affairs and Forestry) • Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi (Welfare)
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