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Baleka Mbete

Baleka Mbete

Baleka Mbete is currently the National Chairperson of the ANC, she was elected to the post at the 2007 National Conference, held in Polokwane.

She is the former Deputy President of South Africa, she was previously Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa from 2004 to 2008 and the Deputy Speaker from 1996 to 2004. She was also the secretary-general of ANC Women's League from 1991 to 1993.

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 went on to work for the African National Congress in several other African cities including Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Gaborone, Harare, and Lusaka.

Mbete was a member of the Presidential Panel on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.