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.
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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).