Long-time ANC Mpumalanga chairperson David “DD” Mabuza has taken the second-highest position in the party, after being elected its deputy president. He beat Lindiwe Sisulu by a relatively comfortable 2,538 votes to 2,159 - or 54% to 46%. Mabuza had the overwhelming majority of support from branches ahead of the conference and was expected to grab the position no matter who won the presidential race. He has been running his provincial ANC structures with an iron fist. Mabuza has been a provincial premier since 2009 and a member of the provincial legislature since 1994. A teacher turned politician, Mabuza started his political career as secretary of the Azanian Students Organisation from 1984 to 1985. He was also a South African Democratic Teachers Union chairperson for three years.

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