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Ace Magashule elected ANC secretary general

Ace Magashule has been elected secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC) at the ruling party’s 54th National Elective Conference at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg.

Born in 1959, Elias Sekgobelo Magashule, fondly known as Ace, grew up in Parys, north of the Free State.

He became a radicalised student after the 1976 student uprisings, quickly moving up to leadership positions in Cosas.

Magashule was later recruited by the underground ANC movement.

He currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fort Hare University.

Magashule has been the chairperson of the ANC in the Free State since 1992, making him the longest serving chairperson in the history of the movement.

In 2009, he was appointed as Free State Premier by President Jacob Zuma.