27 Jun BEYOND THE SPOTLIGHT – Mac Maharaj - ANC Stalwart

Sathyandranath Ragunanan (Mac) Maharaj is a political activist and first SA Minister of Transport in the democratically elected government in 1994. He is also former spokesperson to former president Jacob Zuma.

Mac was born in Newcastle, Natal, and as minister he formulated a new policy and restructured the Department of Transport (DoT).

During the years prior to his appointment as minister, he had been an activist, a detainee, a political prisoner, an exile, an underground commander, and a negotiator. He was the main accuser of Bulelani Ngcuka of abuse of power as Director of Public Prosecutions in 2003. This came at the time Ngcuka's office was investigating him for corruption and fraud during his tenure as the Minister of Transport.
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