David Mabuza: The teacher who became an activist, then politician

David Mabuza: The teacher who became an activist, then politician

- David Mabuza rose from being a schoolteacher to being a key player in South African politics

- Mabuza, renowned as a political strategist, was previously loyal to the ANC's pro-Zuma faction

- However, at the party's Nasrrec conference in 2017, he cemented his rise to power by throwing his support behind Cyril Ramaphosa

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Former deputy-president Dadebe David Mabuza has been in the news lately, as his swearing-in as an MP was delayed until this week as he tried to clear his name at the ANC's integrity commission.

Mabuza is currently a front-runner to return to the deputy-president post.

But who exactly is Mabuza and how did he rise to being the number two figure in government?

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Mabuza initially worked as a school teacher before becoming active in anti-apartheid political actives. He worked with grassroots activists for the ANC before serving as the party's regional chairperson in Ehlanzeni.

After 1994, Mabuza was appointed as a provincial government education MEC.

Thereafter, Mabuza served as a MEC for housing until 2001, during which time he began to engage in cronyism, according to Sowetan Live. According to party insiders, it was here that Mabuza's political capital began to grow, and he used his position to appoint his allies to key government and ANC positions.

Mabuza's profile also grew after he became allied to Jacob Zuma, although the two later had disagreements and are currently said to not be on good terms. 

For a time, Mabuza was part of the pro-Zuma "Premier League", but he switched his support to Cyril Ramaphosa in the eleventh hour of the party's 2017 Nasrec conference.

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This cemented his position as deputy-president, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

With his swearing-in this week, it seems certain that Mabuza will continue to be a significant figure in the South African political landscape for the foreseeable future.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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