Mr Fish Mahlalela is the Deputy Minister of the Department of Tourism of the Republic of South Africa from 29 May 2019. He is a member of the African National Congress in the National Assembly of South Africa
He obtained his matric certificate from Nkomazi High School, and holds an Honours Degree in Governance and Leadership from the University of the Witwatersrand.
After 1994 general elections he was deployed as a member of parliament and has since served the country in different responsibilities in both the province and the national legislatures.
He has been a member of the provincial legislature, where he served amongst others as a chairperson for the Standing Committee on Public Account (SCOPA) and chairperson for the Association of Public Accounts Committee of South Africa, and also served the chairperson of the Southern Africa Development Committee on Public accounts.
During his tenure in the Mpumalanga province he served in various executive positions and notably the following responsibilities, MEC for the department Environmental Affairs and tourism, MEC for department of Culture, Sports and Recreation, MEC for the department of Local Government and Traffic, MEC for the department of Roads and Transport, MEC for the department of Safety and Security, and MEC for the department of Health and Social Development.
He also previously served as the ANC Whip in the Portfolio Committee on Health in the National Assembly
Mr Mahlalela has a proud history in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, was exiled in the 1980s and received military training in numerous countries as a member of the ANC’s military wing, Mkhonto We Sizwe In 2002 he was elected the Chairperson of the ANC in Mpumalanga Province in 2002.