|1st President of Venda|
13 September 1979 – 17 April 1988
|Succeeded by||Frank Ravele|
|Chief Minister of Venda|
1 February 1973 – 13 September 1979
|Chief Councillor of the VhaVenda Territorial Authority|
c. August 1969 – 1 February 1973
|Chief Executive Councillor of the VhaVenda Territorial Authority|
c. 1962 – c. August 1969
Patrick Ramaano Mphephu
Dzanani, Transvaal, South Africa
|Died||17 April 1988|
|Political party||National Party of Venda|
His excellency King Patrick Ramaano Mphephu (c. 1924 – 17 April 1988) was the first President of the bantustan of Venda, which was granted nominal independence from South Africa on 13 September 1979.
Mphephu was born in Dzanani settlement and after graduating from high school worked for the Johannesburg City Council. A paramount chief of the Venda people, he was appointed Chairman of the Ramabulana Regional Authority in 1959, Chief Counsellor of the Venda Legislative Assembly on 1 June 1971 and Chief Minister of the two discontiguous territories on 1 February 1973 when South Africa first implemented the black homeland policy. Mphephu was reelected in elections in August 1973 and his title changed to president upon independence. As President, he was also leader of the Venda National Party, the only recognized political party in the new state. Mphephu died in office and was replaced by his finance minister, Chief Frank Ravele.
- ^ "South African Homelands". worldstatesmen.org.
- ^ "The Venda National Assembly elects a new state president, Mr Frank Ravele, after the death of Chief Patrick Mphephu in April. | South African History Online". Archived from the original on 24 February 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
- ^ "Patrick Mphephu, Homeland Leader, 63". The New York Times. 21 April 1988.
- ^ "Patrick Mphephu | president of Venda". Encyclopædia Britannica.
- ^ "Venda | South African History Online". sahistory.org.za.