Age, Qualifications, Salary, Net Worth, Wife, Parents, Family & Education

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Basic Information

Stage Name:
Carl Niehaus

Real Name:
Carl Niehaus

Politician, Author

Date Of Birth/Age:
25th December 1959 (63 Years Old

Place of Birth:
Zeerust, South Africa


South African

Marital Status:
Jansie Lourens (m. 1986-2002)

Linda Thango (ex Wife)

Mafani Gunguluza (ex Wife)

 Utrecht University (false claim)

University of South Africa


Carl Niehaus is a South African politician. He is the expelled former spokesman for the South African ruling party, African National Congress (ANC). He was Nelson Mandela’s former Spokesman and a political prisoner after being convicted of treason against the country’s former government. After admitting to the maladministration of his finances, extensive borrowing from political contacts, and fraud in February 2009, Niehaus stepped down as ANC Spokesman. He had faked the death of his mother, Magrietha Niehaus‚ to get out of a 4.3 million rand debt owed to a landlord. Carl Niehaus is a vocal supporter of former South African president Jacob Zuma.


Carl Niehaus was born in Zeerust, South Africa, on December 25th, 1959. He celebrated his 62nd birthday in December 2021.


Carl Niehaus claims to have graduated from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, with a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) in 1983. However, media outlets reported (after several investigations) that although he was admitted into the higher learning institution, he did not graduate. During his imprisonment between 1983 and 1991, Carl was awarded an Honours Degree by the University of South Africa (Unisa).


When Carl Niehaus, IOL, reports that “he was employed with a remuneration package of monthly salary of R71 000, an annual bonus equal to monthly salary, car allowance: R10 000, petrol allowance: R5 000, cellphone allowance: R1 500 and 3G card allowance of R500.” Months after being fired, he sued the ANC for unpaid salary. IOL reported that his application revealed that the ANC was expected to pay him “R1 704 000 (24 months’ salary, calculated as R71 000 x 24 months = R1 704 000).”

Net Worth

The net worth of Carl Niehaus is unknown to the public. He has not shared much information about his income and worth.


Carl Niehaus was married to Jansie Lourens. She had recruited him into the armed struggle against apartheid. The couple tied the knot in 1986. Lourens was sentenced to four years in prison for the same treason plot that Niehaus was jailed for. The couple parted ways after getting a divorce in 2002. Following their divorce, Niehaus married Linda Thango. He also married businesswoman Mafani Gunguluza in September 2008. He told 702 Radio that he and Mafani had separated. Reports revealed in 2019 that Carl was dating someone new. There has not been much detail about her.


Not much information is known about Carl Niehaus’ parents. According to reports, his mother’s name is Magrietha, but his father’s name is still unknown. Reports revealed that he borrowed money to pay for his father’s burial (who was still alive). It is part of his many false claims. After renting two apartments for R4.3 million in Sandton, Johannesburg, Niehaus could not pay his rent. He wriggled out of debt by claiming to be burying his mother (who was still alive). The debt included unpaid concierge charges, interest, and damage to expensive furnishings and artwork.


In 1986, Carl and Jansie Lourens got married. The couple tied the knot while serving jail terms for being part of the banned ANC during the apartheid period. After his release in 1990, Carl Niehaus and his wife divorced for unknown reasons. Later on, he married Linda Thango, a management consultant. According to several sources, Linda’s extravagant lifestyle contributed to Carl’s present flamboyant lifestyle. He later married a businesswoman, Mafani Gunguluza but also separated from her. He said, “break-up from my Mafani came about as a result of a lot of pressure over the past three years.”


Following investigations by several media organizations in February 2008, it was confirmed that Niehaus had falsely claimed to hold a master’s degree and a doctorate in theology (summa cum laude) from Utrecht University. However, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from the University of South Africa (Unisa), which was awarded in April 1988. Two years later, he was awarded an honors degree (Cum Laude) from the same institution.

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