Ms Pumza Patricia Dyantyi

National Assembly
Party: African National Congress on the provincial list for the province of Eastern Cape



Member of the following committees

Portfolio Committee on Health

Parliament Membership History

Been a member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature since May 2014.

Political Leadership Background

My political career started in 1968 when I went to Johannesburg Baragwanath Hospital to train as a nurse. I was fortunately allocated in a ward where Mrs Nomazotsho Gqabi was a sister in charge. We became friends and she introduced me to her husband’s associates. I met a lot of ANC activists including Welile Ntlapho, Billy Masetla and Wallie Serote. On completion of my degree, I went to Durban to study midwifery. I was in the same class as Nosidima Pityana and we joined SASO. I was arrested in 1970 in the same trail as Amos Masondo was Acquitted. I was instructed by the ANC to leave the country after my second arrest. I went into exile in 1978. I did my military training in Benguela and Quibashe then went to school in Cuba where I completed my degree in Medicine. After completing my degree I worked in Zimbabwe where I headed the ANC Health Desk. On my return in 1991, I joined the ANC Branch until I went to Dutywa. Since then, I served in that branch and in the Provincial ANC and Veterans League.


Junior Certificate: Obtained in 1965

Senior Certificate: Obtained in 1968

Diploma in General Nursing: Obtained in 1971 at Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg

Diploma in Midwifery: Obtained in 1972 at McCord Hospital, Durban

Degree in Medicine: Obtained in 1987 in Cuba

Diploma in Management Studies: Obtained in 2000

Masters in Business Administration: Obtained at Buckinghamshire University




Music (Choral and Jazz)

Reading Poetry

Past Committee Memberships

2000 – 2010 served as member in the Walter Sisulu University Council 

2007 – 2014 served in the Board of Directors of Mida Private School

2008 – 2014 served as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Ntinga Development Agency

2011 – 2014 served in the Board of Directors of GEMS Medical Scheme

2011 – 2014 served in the Board of Directors of ARMSCOR

2011 – 2014 served in the Council of the Nelson Mandela Museum

2014  -  2015 served as the Chairperson of the Provincial Aids Council

Served as the Convener of the Eastern ANC Sub Committee on Health

Served as a member of the Social Transformation Cabinet Committee

Served as a member of the Budget Cabinet Committee

Served as a member of the Governance and Administration Cabinet Committee

Political Ideas / Achievements Goals & Ambitions for the country

My political idol is the late President Mandela for all his teachings. I wish that all MPs could stick to his (the late President Mandela)’s ideals and that the ultimate goal is to rid our people of all poverty and social ills. I would also like to see a South Africa free of all unemployment and all children schooling