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Biography

DAVID DABEDE MABUZA matriculated at Khumbula High School and furthered his studies at Mngwenya College of Education and later acquired his Bachelor's degree at the University of South Africa.

Comrade Mabuza cut his teeth as an activist in the student movement and served as a Secretary of the Azanian Students Organisation (AZASO) in 1984.  He later served as the Chairperson of the National Education Union of South Africa (NEUSA) from 1986 to 1988.  He further served as a Co-ordinator of the National Education Crisis Committee (NECC) from 1987 to 1989 and a Chairperson of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) from 1988 to 1991.  In 2007, at the ANC's 52nd National Conference in Polokwane, comrade Mabuza was directly elected onto the NEC.  He was subsequently elected Chairperson of the ANC in Mpumalanga in 2008, a position he continued to hold until his election as the Deputy President of the ANC at its 54th National Conference in Nasrec in 2017.