Callistus Ndlovu
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BornCallistus Dingiswayo Ndlovu
(1936-02-09)February 9, 1936
DiedFebruary 13, 2019(2019-02-13) (aged 83)
South Africa
Alma materNew York University, Pius XII University College, UNISA
Spouse(s)Angeline Ndlovu

Callistus Ndlovu was a politician and Zanu-PF member. He was also a former Cabinet Minister and the Zanu-PF Bulawayo Provincial chairman. He died on 13 February while receiving treament for an ailment in South Africa. He was declared a National Hero and buried at the National Heroes Acre.


Ndlovu trained as a teacher, enrolling for a Bachelor of Arts degree at Pius XII University College in Lesotho around 1963.

Prof Ndlovu also studied at the University of South Africa, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1965 majoring in History, Economics and Political Science.

Political career

Before Independence

Ndlovu joined the National Democratic Party in 1960.[1]

At Pius XII University College in Lesotho where he became involved with Zapu in 1963 as chairman of the party’s residents and students branches. He was also president of the Student Representative Council from 1963 to 1964.

While teaching at Mpopoma in 1966, he was detained by the Rhodesian government, accusing him of promoting the objectives of ZAPU guerrillas. He was released after 90 days and left the country in 1967 for New York University where he did his Masters and PhD studies.

In the US, Ndlovu became the ZAPU chairman for North America from 1967 to 1971.

Ndlovu attended the Geneva talks as a political advisor in the Zapu delegation in 1976 as well as the Lancaster House Talks on Zimbabwe.

He was a member of the Revolutionary Council for 9 years and represented the party at the United Nations and North America.

After 1980 Independence

After independence, he worked as a director at Carbin Finance and the Group industrial relations manager at Union Carbide Corporation in the early 80s.

Ndlovu was a Central Committee member from 1980 to 1983 and the Bulawayo provincial chairman of the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu) from 1984 to 1987.

He was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1985 and a Member of the Senate from 1985 to 1990. At the same time he was an MP and senator, he was appointed the Minister of Construction between 1982 and 1983 before he was appointed the Minister of Mines from 1983 to 1984. Between 1984 and 1989 he was the Minister of Industry and Commerce.

In 2000, Prof Ndlovu was a member of the Constitutional Commission of Zimbabwe.

At the time of his death in Febeuary 2019, Prof Ndlovu was a member of the Zanu-PF Central Committee and Bulawayo provincial chairman.

Education Career

Ndlovu taught at Empandeni High School, Mafakela Government School and Mpopoma High School in the 60s.

He once lectured at the Hofstra University in Long Islands in New York, where he was in exile. He received an award for distinguished teaching in America in 1973 and was a fellow of the Aggrey Fellowship of the Edward Hazen Foundation.


  1. Callistus Ndlovu national hero, The Herald, Published:16 February 2019, Retrieved:17 Feb 2019