Comrade Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected President of the African National Congress at its 54th National Conference in Nasrec, Soweto, on 18 December 2017. He is the 13th President of the ANC since its founding. Before his election, he served as the Deputy President of the ANC under the leadership of President Jacob Zuma as part of the National Executive Committee of the ANC as elected in 2012. He is the current Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa in the ANC's fifth administration in government.
DAVID DABEDE MABUZA matriculated at Khumbula High School and furthered his studies at Mngwenya College of Education and later acquired his Bachelor's degree at the University of South Africa.
GWEDE MANTASHE was born in the village of Lower Cala in the Eastern Cape. He cut his teeth as an activist in the Student Christian Movement (SCM). Comrade Mantashe holds a Master's degree from the University of Witwatersrand (WITS), acquired in 2008.
ELIAS SEKGOBELO MAGASHULE was born at Tumahole, Parys in the Free State Province. Growing up, he was actively involved in drama, soccer and boxing. Comrade Magashule played midfield in his day and wore number 8. His prowess on the soccer field earned him the nickname "Ace" - a name that stuck to this day.
JESSIE YASMINE DUARTE was born in Coronationville, where she grew up and completed her schooling. She became actively involved in politics at a very early age and over the years she developed a reputation as an activist and an advocate for equality. She was recruited by Mme Albertina Sisulu in 1979 to establish women's structures throughout the country, and by 1981 the ANCWL had nine (9) functioning women's structures in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Transvaal and others.
PAUL MASHATILE is a former student activist and member of the Congress of South African Students, Mashatile played a critical role in various anti-apartheid formations during the struggle for liberation and was the co-founder of and first president of the Alexandra Youth Congress. He was detained without trial from 1985 -1989, and participated in a nationwide protest by engaging in an 18-day hunger strike.