- David Mabuza outmaneuvered his opponents and was appointed the deputy president of South Africa
- He started his political career in education and being a qualified teacher, Mabuza rose through the ranks of the ANC
- Mabuza successful managed an entire province and is well suited to the position of deputy president
For 11 days South Africa was without a deputy president after Jacob Zuma resigned and Cyril Ramaphosa was elevated to the highest office in the land.
David Dabede"DD" Mabuza was promoted to the position of deputy president of South Africa after Ramaphosa performed his first Cabinet shuffle.
Briefly.co.za learned that his appointment ended weeks of speculation as to who would be the new deputy president. Some had believed it would either be Lindiwe Sisulu or Naledi Pandor according to busineslive.co.za.
Mabuza successfully outmanoeuvred his political opponents and was picked for the job. He left his position as Premier of Mpumalanga and now has the unenviable task of cleaning up the mess left behind which Zuma created.
He first entered politics in the mid-1980's as the secretary of the Azanian Students Organisation from 1984-85 and qualified as a teacher.
For three years he was the chairman of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union. In 1994 he was elected as a regional chairman for the ANC and 4 years later in 1998, he became part of the party’s Mpumalanga provincial executive committee.
When Zuma was in power he was supported by a powerful political group within the ANC called the premier league. They were expected to support Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the ANC's national elective conference in December last year.
However, when the ANC lost three metro's to the opposition in the 2016 local elections he realised that his time to act might be limited if he wants to move higher in the organisation. 2019 would have been his last year as premier of Mpumalanga.
Mabuza was elected as the new ANC's top six and when he stepped down as premier it was clear that he was readying himself for a position in the National Assembly.
Having run Mpumalanga with an iron fist he is a formidable character and well suited for the position of deputy president. He has, however, been accused of several political killings in Mpumalanga but has denied the allegations.
Unlike many of Zuma's supporters, Mabuza is wary of the Guptas. Mabuza will more than likely have his eyes set on a higher position within the ANC and will not simply be content as a deputy president.
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