Cape Town - Zola Skweyiya returned from exile in 1990 and was appointed to direct the Department of Legal and Constitutional Affairs. As well as serving on the board of trustees for the National Rights of Children, he also headed Unesco's Management of Social Transformations.
Skweyiya was instrumental in helping to set up the Centre for Development Studies and the South African Legal Defence Fund at the University of the Western Cape.
He was the first minister of Public Service and Administration from 1994 to 1999. He was later moved to the department of social services where he served as a minister for a decade until 2009. In the same year, he was appointed High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland where he advanced the interests of South Africa.
When he eventually returned to South Africa, he remained active within ANC structures and in 2016 he added his voice among ANC veterans who were calling for the resignation of former president Jacob Zuma.