Dr Phophi Constance Ramathuba Biography: Age, Husband, Qualifications, Family

Dr Phophi Constance Ramathuba became a household name in South Africa and Zimbabwe after she was recorded dragging a hospitalised Zimbabwean patient who was awaiting surgery.

Ramathuba was captured telling the patient that they were killing her province’s health system and that it was unfair for South African doctors to treat foreigners.

Below is a brief biography of Dr Phophi Constance Ramathuba:


She was raised in Mashamba village in Vhembe. Dr Ramathuba was one of five children born to teacher parents. When she was born, Dr Phophi’s mother did not have a standard six but she then went back to school before getting a diploma and two degrees.

Dr Phophi Constance Ramathuba’s father passed on two weeks before she was appointed as MEC in 2015.


Dr Phophi Constance Ranathuba was born on 15 August 1973 at Elim Hospital, Waterval, Transvaal Province in South Africa.

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As of April 2020, Dr Phophi is based in Polokwane in Limpopo Province.


Dr Phophi Constance Ramathuba is the mother of two daughters. She was not married when she had her first child.


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It was her aunt who was a nurse, who inspired her to become a doctor. She revealed this in an interview where she said:

As a child, I used to admire my aunt in her nursing uniform. My aunt used to take me with her to the nurses home in Elim. That is where my passion for healthcare started. I love working with people and the reward of my work is seeing someone’s life improve due to the service I have given them.

Dr Phophi Constance Ramathuba excelled in her academic studies and graduated with a bachelor of medicine and a bachelor of surgery degree (MBChB) from the Sefako Makgatho School of health sciences (formerly known as MEDUNSA).

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She then enrolled for her postgraduate degree at the University of Pretoria. Ramathuba graduated with a Master’s Degree in Medical Pharmacology and an Advanced Health Management professional course from Manchester Business School.

Early Medical Career

Before venturing into politics, Dr Phophi Constance Ramathuba cut her teeth as an intern at Mokopane Hospital, working her way up to chief executive at Voortrekker Hospital.

Political Career

Dr Ramathuba was a student activist during her time at MEDUNSA. She was a Branch Executive Committee member of the South African Student Congress (SASCO).

Dr Phophi Constance Ramathuba rose through the ranks and became the General Secretary of the Student Representative Council (SRC). She was then elected the Deputy President of the SRC.

She was also a trade unionist and served as President of the South African Medical Association Trade Union. Dr Phophi served as part of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)’s Central Executive Committee (CEC).

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Dr Ramathuba also served as the Treasurer General of the Common Wealth Medical Association.

Before she was a member of the African National Congress (ANC), Dr Phophi Ramathuba served as the branch secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) Mokopane South and Provincial Treasurer of the SACP.

Joining ANC

Dr Phophi Constance Ramathuba was elected to the ANC’s Limpopo provincial executive committee (PEC) in 2014.

Ramathuba took over as a Member of the Executive Committee (MEC)- Health in 2015.

At one time she served as a Provincial Executive Committee member in Gauteng Province

Salary As MEC

Dr Phophi Constance Ramathuba is paid a salary of R2 million a year as of April 2020.

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