Mr Solomon Lechesa Tsenoli

National Assembly
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly
Party: African National Congress


Mr. Lechesa Tsenoli was re-elected the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly in the 6th Parliament of the Republic of South Africa in 2019, his second term as Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly. He has more than 25 years as a public representative, including roles in both Legislative sector and the Executive.

Born at Bultfontein in the Free State province, Mr. Tsenoli completed high school education at Bodibeng High School in Kroonstad. Over the years he acquired the following qualifications; certificates in adult education, public policy and facilitation. He is a graduate of the International Program of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland on Organisation and Systems Development. He is currently a student in leadership, organisational and executive coaching. He is a Trauma Release Exercise (TRE) Certification Trainee.

Mr. Tsenoli is the founding National Deputy President and later President of the South African National Civics Organisation (SANCO). He served as UDF’s Publicity Secretary in Natal and was an active member of the ANC underground. He is a member of the ANC and a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party (SACP) following his re-election in its 14th congress in 2017

A Member of Parliament since 1994, Mr.Tsenoli served in the following committees: Portfolio Committee on Constitutional Development and Local Government, the Portfolio Committee on Housing, the Ad Hoc Committee in Represented Political Parties, the Special Ministerial Committee on the Transformation of the Independent Development Trust (IDT), the Special Ministerial Committee on Removing Obstacles to Housing Delivery, the Special Ministerial Political Committee on the White Paper on Local Government and the Inter-Ministerial Committee on HIV/AIDS.

*The following is a chronology of the roles he played in both the Executive and Legislative arms of State:

Deputy Speaker, National Assembly, 6th Parliament - 2019 - current

Deputy Speaker, National Assembly, 5th Parliament - 2014 - 2019   

Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs - 2013 - 2014

Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform - 2011. - 2013

Member of Parliament, National Assembly: Portfolio Committee chair: - 2004 -  2011

Arts and Culture and Provincial and Local Government 

(now Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs)

Member of Executive Council Free State Provincial Government - 1999 – 2004

Local Government and Housing

**Other roles: 

Member of board of directors of the Isandla Institute (a public interest think tank concerned with democratic urban settlements and convenor of a number of dialogue initiatives, such as, the Good Governance Learning Network) 2009 to 2013

Chairperson of the Khanya African Institute for Community-Driven Development – 2001 - 2009.