David Mabuza

Deputy President of South Africa

David Dabede Mabuza
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Mabuza in 2019
8th Deputy President of South Africa
Assumed office
27 February 2018
PresidentCyril Ramaphosa
Preceded byCyril Ramaphosa
10th Deputy President of the African National Congress
Assumed office
18 December 2017
PresidentCyril Ramaphosa
Preceded byCyril Ramaphosa
Leader of Government Business in the
Parliament of South Africa
Assumed office
27 September 2018
PresidentCyril Ramaphosa
Preceded byCyril Ramaphosa
Member of the National Assembly of South Africa
Assumed office
27 February 2018
4th Premier of Mpumalanga
In office
6 May 2009 – 26 February 2018
Preceded byThabang Makwetla
Succeeded byRefilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane
Personal details
David Dabede Mabuza

(1960-08-25) 25 August 1960 (age 62)
Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa
Political partyAfrican National Congress
Spouse(s)Ruth Funi Silinda (divorced)
Nonhlanhla Patience Mnisi (current)[1]
Alma materUniversity of South Africa
WebsiteOfficial website

David Dabede Mabuza (born 25 August 1960) is a South African politician, currently the deputy president of South Africa and the deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC). He is also the former Premier of Mpumalanga.

Early life and career

Mabuza matriculated at Khumbula High School and studied at the Mgwenya College of Education and later at the University of South Africa. He earned a certificate in education and a BA degree from the respective institutions.[2][3]

Mabuza was a secretary of the Azania Student Organisation (AZASO) from 1984 to 1985, chairperson of NEUSA from 1986 to 1988, treasurer of FEP from 1986 to 1990, a co-ordinator of NECC from 1987 to 1989, and chairperson of the South African Democratic Teachers Union from 1988 to 1991. He taught at KaNgwane Department of Education from 1986 to 1988 and he was a Principal of Lungisani Secondary School from 1989 to 1993.[3]

Provincial roles

Mabuza served as a Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Education in Mpumalanga from 1994 to 1998, as a regional Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1994 to 1998, member of the Provincial Executive Committee of ANC from 1998 to 2006, MEC for Housing from 1999 to 2001, member of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature from 1999 to 2001, member of Parliament from 2001 to 2004 and as a member of Mpumalanga Legislature from 2004 to 2007. Mabuza served as Deputy Chairperson of the ANC Mpumalanga Province in 2005, MEC for Road and Transport from 2007 to 2008, chairperson of the ANC in Mpumalanga in 2008. and MEC for Agriculture and Land Administration from 2008 to 6 May 2009. He also served as a leader of government business in the Mpumalanga Legislature in 2007.[3]

In 2007 Mabuza supported Jacob Zuma's successful campaign to become President of the ANC while he was Mpumalanga deputy chairperson, and became a provincial chairperson afterwards taking over from Thabang Makwetla who was chairperson and who supported Thabo Mbeki's failed bid to be ANC President in Polokwane's national congress[citation needed]. On 10 May 2009 Mabuza became the Premier of Mpumalanga.[2][3]

Deputy President

During the internal election campaign within the ANC to elect Zuma's successor Mabuza supported a rival of Ramaphosa, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, but switched to support him at the last moment.[4] On 18 December 2017, he was elected Deputy President of the ANC. On 26 February 2018, he was selected by Cyril Ramaphosa as Deputy President of South Africa. On 20 March 2018, Mabuza gave his maiden speech in Parliament and for the first time responded to questions from MP's as the Deputy President of South Africa. On 21 March 2018, Mabuza addressed the national Human Rights Day commemoration in Sharpeville as President Ramaphosa was out of the country on official business.

Scandals and controversy

Mabuza has been accused of corruption and involvement in tender fraud and being behind the assassination of political opponents while premier of Mpumalanga.[5] In 2015, he was allegedly poisoned, but recovered, giving himself the nickname "The Cat" for his ability to survive attacks by his opponents.[6] He had left Vusi Shongwe, the then MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison and now the MEC of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs, to become the acting Premier while he was off sick.[7]

In 2010, a large sum of cash, allegedly R14 million, was stolen from his home. The provincial organised crime unit insisted only R1,200 was stolen from his home and he later reported only R4-million missing.[8][9][5]

Mabuza has said that allegations against him are part of a smear campaign by his opponents.[10]

In August 2018, the New York Times published an investigative article that described Mabuza “as one of South Africa’s most dangerous. Nearly 20 politicians, most from inside the A.N.C., were assassinated in the past two decades, some after exposing graft in public works projects”.[4] The article alleges that Mabuza built a network of political patronage in Mpumalanga by corruptly awarding contracts to build schools in the province during his time as premier, thereby strengthening his power base within the ANC at the expense of the delivery of public education services by government.[4][11]

There have been persistent multiple allegations of his involvement in the murder of Jimmy Mohlala, speaker of the Mbombela municipality and ANC Youth League firebrand James Nkambule. The latest is by former butler to Mabuza, Jan Venter, who was placed in a witness protection program.[12]


  1. ^ "Meet our potential deputy president, David Mabuza". IOL Business Report. 23 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "David Mabuza". Who's who of Southern Africa. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Profile information: David Dabede Mabuza". Office of Premier. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Onishi, Norimitsu (4 August 2018). "South Africa Vows to End Corruption. Are Its New Leaders Part of the Problem?". New York Times. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b Janse van Rensburg, Alet (18 December 2017). "David Mabuza, the man who would be deputy president?". News24. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  6. ^ Sizwe Sama Yende (27 May 2016). "David Mabuza: A portrait of power". City Press.
  7. ^ Premier Mabuza 'recuperating', IOL, 1 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Who is David Mabuza? | eNCA". www.enca.com. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  9. ^ Molele, Charles; Wa Afrika, Mzilikazi (28 March 2010). "R14m theft of cash from home of premier". Sunday Times.
  10. ^ Borman, Jan (27 February 2018). "Mabuza says he has been the target of a smear campaign since 2009". News24.
  11. ^ Thamm, Marianne. "ANC goes to ground after New York Times exposé on Deputy President Mabuza | Daily Maverick". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  12. ^ "This man has been in witness protection for 15 months because 'David Mabuza wants me dead'". The Citizen. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
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