5 things you didn’t know about the ANC’s new spokesperson

2018-02-06 15:30
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Former Member of Parliament Pule Mabe was announced as the new ANC spokesperson on Tuesday.

Mabe will be succeeding Zizi Kodwa who served as the spokesperson of the ruling party for the past five years.

DRUM compiled 5 things you need to know about the new ANC spokesperson.

1.       He handed himself in for fraud


According to Mail&Gaurdian,  in 2013 Pule Mabe, Paseka Letsatsi and Kabedi Ramosa were arrested for theft, fraud and money-laundering after Letsatsi allegedly illegally solicited funds from Sassa, which were given to companies owned by Mabe and Ramosa.

The arrest came after the three handed themselves in at the Sunnyside Police Station in Pretoria.


2.       He has served in the ANC for a long time


Mabe has had numerous roles in the ANC, including being the ANC Youth League’s treasurer general under the leadership of Julius Malema.

In 2014, at 32 years old, he became the youngest ANC member of parliament to be sworn in. At the end of President Jacob Zuma’s first term reports allege Mabe continuously campaigned for the re-election of Zuma as ANC president.


3.       He’s a  qualified journalist

According to News24, Mabe obtained a BTech in journalism from Tshwane University of Technology. He was also a government communicator and owns a publishing company called KG Media.


4.       He’s a leader

Apart from the various leadership positions he’s held in the ANC, Mabe served as the deputy president of the Student Representative Council at Tshwane University of Technology between 1998 and 1999.

Between 2003 and 2009 Mabe served as the Gauteng youth commissioner.


5.     He’s passionate about community development

Fundza reported that Mabe formed the Kedibone Mabe Trust, which seeks to fund deserving students from his hometown of Phalaborwa, Limpopo.

The trust will fund those who wish to study journalism, marketing and transport engineering. He also established the Kwela Media Institute in Johannesburg, aimed at training young people in journalism, design, media and sales.




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