Deputy Minister Andries Nel

Current Position: 

  • Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance, 10 July 2013 present
  • Responsibilities include Municipal Demarcation Board, Independent Electoral Commission; SA Cities Network; Integrated Urban Development Framework; Community Work Programme

Previous Positions: 

  • Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, 11 May 2009 09 July 2013 Responsibilities included South African Human Rights Commission, Public Protector, Magistrates’ Commission, Legal Aid South Africa, Small Claims Courts, Sheriffs, South African Law Reform Commission
  • Member of Parliament for the ANC since 1994
  • Has served on the Justice and Constitutional Development, Correctional Services, Health, Home Affairs, Communications and Foreign Affairs, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) and a host of internal and ad hoc committees in Parliament
  • Served as Chairperson of the National Assembly between 2008 and 2009
  • Served as Acting Chief Whip of the African National Congress (ANC) from 2006 to 2007
  • Served as Whip of Portfolio Committee on Justice and House Whip from 2000 to 2002
  • Served the constituencies of Pretoria Central, Centurion and Atteridgeville in the Tshwane Metro as well as Waterberg in Limpopo and Midvaal in Gauteng

Political activity

  • Active in politics since high school in Sao Paulo, Brazil in the 1980s
  • Involved in the National Union of South Africa Students, South African Student Press Union, Students for a Democratic Society, Students for Human Rights and the End Conscription Campaign
  • Co-ordinator of the Lawyers for Human Rights’ Capital Punishment and Penal Reform Project from 1990 to 1994 and a member of ANC structures at branch and regional level in the Pretoria area.
  • Member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC Youth League from 1996 to 2001
  • Served on the ANC NEC Sub-Committees on Legislatures & Governance, Peace & Stability, Elections, and Archives and the Centenary Task Team
  • Served on the Constitutional Assembly Committee dealing with the judiciary and legal system and is the Co-ordinator of Legal and Monitoring Team of ANC National Elections Team


  • Holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Pretoria