Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Screen Shot 2019-11-06 at 10.55.54Minister of Justice and Correctional Services – Mr Ronald Lamola, MP

Ronald Lamola is a Member of Parliament and he was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to form part of the National Executive and Cabinet as the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services of the Republic of South Africa on 29 May 2019.


He was born in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga and Matriculated from Machaka Secondary School.
He is the former Deputy President of the ANC Youth League. He was elected to the National Executive Committee of the ANC at the December 2017 Conference and he is also a member of the National Working Committee of the ANC.

Academic background

He obtained LLB Degree from the University of Venda in 2005. He holds three Post-Graduate Certificates in Corporate Law; Telecommunications Policy and Banking Law. He also has an LLM in Corporate Law from the University of Pretoria 2013-2014.In addition, he also obtained two Masters Degrees from the University of Pretoria. Lamola’s first Master’s Degree was in Corporate Law, where he explored the regulation of property syndication schemes. His research looked at the roles of regulators in the regulation of taking deposits from the public, the conflation of the Companies Act, Banks Act and the Reserve Bank Act. Lamola got his second Master’s Degree in Extractive Law in Africa from the University of Pretoria in 2018. His research focused on Corporate Social Investment by the Mining and Energy Sectors. His research suggests that the Department of Minerals and Energy’s enforcement unit is inadequately resourced to ensure compliance with the social labour plans by companies in the sectors.

Career outside politics

He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He formerly practiced as a Director of a private Law firm which specialised in Competition Law, Litigation, Communication Law and Banking Law.

He also worked in both the Mpumalanga Provincial and Local Governments as:

  • The Acting Spokesperson of the Mpumalanga Premier from January 2011 until October 2011.
  • The Director in the Office of the MEC for Culture, Sport and Recreation in Mpumalanga from July 2009 until January 2011.
  • A Transversal Unit Manager at the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality between March and June 2009.

Ad Hoc Work activities:

  • Council Member of Tshwane University of Technology
  • Member of Tshwane Local Committee of the Gauteng Liquor Board
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