BIRTH NAME: Kopeng Obed Bapela
DATE OF BIRTH: 1958
PLACE OF BIRTH: Alexandra, Gauteng
WIFE: Constance Bapela
Obed Bapela is the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and and Traditional Affairs of the Republic of South Africa.
Early Life, Background And Childhood
Obed Bapela was born in 1958 in Alexandra township, Gauteng. He took part in the 1976 Soweto uprising. Bapela became a member of the African National Congress (ANC) and took part in their underground structures from 1979.
Obed Bapela also became one of the founding members of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in 1983.
Obed Bapela is married to Constance Bapela (also known as Connie) who served as the Council Speaker of the City of Johannesburg under Parks Tau. The couple have three children.
Obed Bapela’s wife Constance Bapela died in February 2018 at the age of 55 after suffering from a long illness.
Obed Bapela holds the following qualifications and certificates:
- Diploma in Journalism
- Certificate in Community and Organisational Development
- Certificate in Safety and Security
- Certificate in Policy Development with specialisation in International Relations
- Currently studying towards Advanced Diploma in Development Economics at University of South Africa
Obed Bapela was the Deputy Minister in the Presidency for performance Monitoring and Evaluation of the Republic of South Africa, since 24 October 2011 to 23 May 2014. He is also the Member of Parliament since 2002.
- Part of the 1976 uprising student activists
- Member of the African National Congress (ANC) underground structures since 1979
- Member of the Congress of South African Student (COSAS) in early 1980s
- Founding member of Alexandra Youth Congress in 1983 later became its Deputy President
- Founding member of United Democratic Front (UDF) in 1983
- Member of the Civic movement later known as South African National Civic Organisation – SANCO (1985 – 1986)
- Deputy Secretary of ANC Johannesburg branch
- Regional Secretary of the ANC PWV (1991 – 1994)
- Deputy Secretary of ANC Gauteng province (1994 – 2000)
- Served as Ex-Official in the National Executive Committee of the ANC
- Detained several times and appeared in two political trials in Port Elizabeth and Alexandra (1986, and 1987 -1990)
- Member of Joint Rules Committee
- Member of National Assembly Committee
- Member of Joint Programming Committee
- Member of National Assembly Programming Committee
- Chairperson of the inter Parliamentary Group on International Relations
- Member of Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Industry
- Facilitator/Chairperson of South Africa- European Union Inter Parliamentary Meetings
- Member of Gauteng Provincial Legislature (1994 – 1999)
- Served on Gauteng Portfolio Committee on Safety and Security
- Former House Chairperson of National Assembly
- Deputy Minister of Communications of the Republic of South Africa, (1 November 2010 – 24 October 2011)