Was the new Minister of Home Affairs born in Zimbabwe?

New Minister of Home Affairs Leon Schreiber has disputed false reports that he was born in Zimbabwe. 

This followed a flurry of social media posts following President Cyril Ramophosa’s appointment in the cabinet announcement on Sunday evening.


On the X platform, various social media users and a few news sites have been sharing screenshots of a Wikipedia citation that Leon Schreiber was born in Zimbabwe.

However, eNCA reporter Pule Letshwiti-Jones reminded the public that anyone can edit the online encyclopedia.

He tweeted: “Newly appointed Minister of Home Affairs Leon Schreiber is not from Zimbabwe. Schreiber was born in the Northern Cape. Verifying information won’t hurt anyone”.

Schreiber confirmed that he was, in fact, born and raised in South Africa.

He tweeted: “Drew my first breath at Radie Kotze clinic in Piketberg [Western Cape]. Grew up in Kleinzee in Namaqualand [Northern Cape], followed by studies in Stellenbosch, Berlin and Princeton”.

He added: “And until my last breath, I will fight for the country I love against liars and looters.”

Schreiber is 35 years old and has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. He also has a PhD in political science.

He matriculated in 2006 from the Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, a school well known for producing Springbok players.

Schreiber is a published author who wrote Coalition Country: South Africa After the ANC in 2018.

Leon Schreiber is the new Minister of Home Affairs.
Images via X: @leon_schreib


According to BusinessLive, addressing the backlog of working visas is high on the agenda for the Minister of Home Affairs.

“We absolutely have to look at visa processes, we have to take the visa issue very seriously, as this is an economic catalyst for SA. We need to have a process whereby people who want to contribute skills or capital to SA are actually able to do that,”

He added that long queues at Home Affairs offices and the issue of offline systems would also be tackled via efficient IT processes. Zero tolerance of staff corruption would also be a priority.

He added: “This is the department that is central to everyone’s lives, and we need to make those reforms to enhance the dignity and efficiency of services. This department is fundamentally about human dignity, which has been infringed upon by the failures we have seen.”

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