Honourable Minister of Law, Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights
Honourable Lebohang William Hlaele
Honourable Lebohang William Hlaele is the Minister of Law, Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights. He is a Senator and was appointed to the position of Minister of Law, Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights in July 2017 following the snap elections that was held in June 2017.
Honourable Hlaele was brought up in Phamong where he completed his Primary Education at Bethel Primary School and subsequently completed his High School at Lephola Secondary School in Welkom, South Africa. He holds a Diploma in Labour Law from the University of the Free State and enrolled with Damelin College where he obtained a Diploma in Industrial Relations in 1994. He obtained Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law (PGDLL) in 2009 and Certificate in Commercial Law in 2012 from the University of the Free State.
He has held various positions in the mining industry thus; he worked as miner at Grootvlei Mines between 1979 and 1989. He joined the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) as Regional Organizer in Gauteng in 1990 and Regional Manager in Rustenburg, North West Province in 1998. In 2000, he was transferred to serve as Regional Manager in the Welkom mines, Free State Province.
Honourable Hlaele’s active involvement in politics dates as back as 1982 when NUM was formed. In 1983 he was elected the Branch Secretary of the Union (Grootvlei Branch in the then PWV area. He later rose within the ranks of leadership and served as Deputy Regional Chairperson and ultimately became the Regional Chairperson of PWV and a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC). He was also a card carrying member of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1990. He also served in the structures of the movement as Deputy Regional Chairperson of Lejweleputswa Region.
In Lesotho he was a member of the Basutoland Congress Party (BCP) between 1993 and 2006 and was elected as President of the National Youth League. In 2006 he joined All Basotho Convention, where he currently serves as its Deputy Secretary General in the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Party.
Honourable Hlaele is married and blessed with five children, two daughters and three sons.