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Biography

Baleka Mbete was elected the National Chairperson of the ANC in December 2007. She is a former Deputy President of South Africa. She was the Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa from 2004 to 2008. 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 worked for the ANC in Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Gaborone, Harare, and Lusaka. She was the secretary-general of ANC Women's League from 1991 to 1993, and the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa from 1996 to 2004. Mbete was a member of the Presidential Panel on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.