The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma was born on 12 April 1942 at KwaNxamalala in Nkandla, northern KwaZulu-Natal.
His early political consciousness was shaped by his cousin Muntukabongwa Zuma, who had fought in the Second World War and later joined the trade union movement and the ANC in Durban. The young Zuma was drawn into the organization and attended its meetings in Mkhumbane (Cator Manor).
Cyril Ramaphosa was born on 17 November 1952. He was elected Deputy President of the African National Congress at its 53rd National Conference in Mangaung, December 2012.
He grew up in Soweto, but matriculated, in 1971 at the Mphaphuli High School in Sibasa, Venda. In 1976 he was detained for a second time for six months. Subsequent to his release, he became a law clerk for a Johannesburg firm of attorneys and continued his studies through the University of South Africa, from where he obtained his B. Proc. Degree in 1981.
Baleka Mbete was elected the National Chairperson of the ANC in December 2007. She is a former Deputy President of South Africa. She was the Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa from 2004 to 2008. Mbete was born on 24 September 1949. She received a teacher's certificate from Lovedale Teachers' College and taught in Durban. After going into exile Mbete taught in Mbabane, and worked for the ANC in Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Gaborone, Harare, and Lusaka.
Born: In the village of Lower Cala in the erstwhile Transkei, now Eastern Cape.
In summary: Husband, Father, Secretary General of the ANC, Member of the Central Committee of the SACP and a Trade Unionist.
Gwede Mantashe began his schooling in Cala and went on to his higher levels at Mantazima High School. He begun his activism in the then Student Christian Movement (SCM). At the time the SCM was pivotal in raising the consciousness of young people in the 1970s at the dawn of liberated Angola and Mozambique.
Comrade Jessie Yasmine Duarte was born on the 19th of September in 1953, she is one of nine siblings. She grew up and went to school in Coronationville, she graduated in matric at the Coronationville Secondary School. She became actively involved in politics at a very early age and over the years she developed a reputation as an activist and an advocate for equality.
Dr Zweli Lawrence Mkhize is a medical doctor, legislator and politician. He was born in Willowfontein, Pietermaritzburg on the 02nd of February in 1956. He graduated with an MBChB degree from the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal) in 1982. In 1983, Mkhize did his internship at McCords Hospital in Durban before being employed at Edendale Hospital in his hometown, Pietermaritzburg.