Bachelor of Pharmacy, University Durban, Westville, South Africa. Doctor honoris causa (honorary), University South Africa, 2007. Doctor honoris causa (honorary), University Cape Town, 2007.
Doctor in Business Administration, Free State Central University of Technology, 2009.
He is also the former Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, serving from 2014–2015. He was released from jail in 1982 and received banning orders effective until June 1983. Gordhan attended the launch of the United Democratic Front (Union for French Democracy) in Cape Town 1983 where the also National Informatics Centre became an affiliated organisation.
Gordhan attended the preparatory meeting for the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) in 1991 as a joint National Informatics Centre/Transvaal Indian Congress (TIC) representative, and was appointed National Informatics Centre/TIC delegate to the steering committee responsible for organising Codesa 1.
He was previously the Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service from 1999 to 2009. From 1991 and 1994, he chaired the Convention for a Democratic South Africa.
Gordhan was chairman of the World Customs Organization in from 2000 to 2006. On 10 May 2009, President Jacob Zuma appointed Gordhan as Minister of Finance, succeeding Trevor Manuel.
On the 25 May 2014, he was replaced by Nhlanhla Nene as Minister of Finance.
In 2014, Gordhan was appointed as the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, succeeding Lechesa Tsenoli who became Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa. On 14 December 2015, Gordhan was re-appointed as Minister of Finance, replacing David van Rooyen who had been minister for 4 days. Honorary degrees.
During the 1970s, Gordhan helped establish grassroots organisations that became involved in underground activities and associated with the African National Congress (African National Congress) and later the South African Communist Party (SACP). He completed his pharmacy internship at King Edward VIII Hospital In 1974 and worked there until 1981 when the Natal Provincial Administration dismissed him for his political activities while he was in detention. In 1993 he was appointed to the panel of chairpersons on the planning committee of the multi-party negotiation process.
Gordhan became associated with members of the Natal Indian Congress (National Informatics Centre) In 1971 and was elected to its executive council in 1974. As a member of parliament from 1994 to 1998, Gordhan chaired the parliamentary committee that focused on the implementation of the new Constitution and the transformation of local government in the post-apartheid.
Married Vanitha Raju. 2 children.