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After the 1994 elections Joe was elected to cabinet where he became Minister of Housing until his death on 6 January 1995.

Durning his time as minsiter, Joe  was instrumental in negotiating an agreement with the South African Banks to finance low cost housing.

For many Africans, Slovo was and is a hero.

In 1994 in recognition, of his achievements

the Isithwalandwe-Seaparankoe Award

was conferred upon Joe by President Mandela.









Slovo was a founding member of the Congress of Democrats, was one of the accused in the famous 1956 Treason Slovo was Chief of Staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, and served on the revolutionary council of the ANC from 1969 until its dissolution. In 1985, Slovo became the first white member of the ANC's National Executive. He was also General Secretary of the SACP from 1986 to 1991 and later its Chairperson.  



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Born in Lithuania on 23rd May 1926, Joe Slovo was a life-long Socialist, Internationalist,  and leader of the anti-apartheid struggle. he is widely credited with being one of the mastermind of South Africa’s national reconciliation, and was described by close friend Nelson Mandela as a “Great African Patriot”.

In 1991, Slovo served on the National Peace Committee, Slovo also served on the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA).