Mpumalanga ANC chairperson David Mabuza has announced that he has signed a nomination as the party’s deputy president.
Mabuza said he was approached with forms nominating him and he signed and accepted the nomination.
He was nominated under presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s slate.
He said he is ready and prepared to serve in any position in the ANC.
Mabuza has been touted as a deputy by many branches during recent Branch General Meetings.
He has been silent on which candidate he will be backing for the ANC presidency.
WHO IS DAVID MABUZA?
Mabuza, current Premier of Mpumalanga, was born on 25 August 1960.
He became premier in 2009 and has been a member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) since 2007.
Mabuza studied for an education qualification at the Mngwenya College of Education and later at the University of South Africa.
He earned a certificate in education and BA respectively.
Mabuza taught at KaNgwane Department of Education from 1986 to 1988 and he was a Principal of Lungisani Secondary School from 1989 to 1993.
From 1994 to 1998 he served as a regional chairperson of ANC.
He has served in different structures of government and party, he has also served as the MEC for Housing from 1999 to 2001. MEC for Road and Transport from 2007 to 2008.
On the road to the 54th ANC National Conference Mabuza has been seen and termed the ‘Kingmaker’ following his province’s quietness on pronouncing the preferred presidential candidate.
In 2015 there was allegedly an attempt to assassinate him.
Reports of Mabuza having been allegedly poisoned and forced to take two months of leave emerged.
The allegations were further reiterated this year in a book by businessman Gayton McKenzie titled Kill Zuma.