African National Congress (ANC) office bearers


John Langalibalele Dube

On 8 January 2012 the African National Congress (ANC) celebrated its centenary. As part of the uKhongolose: ANC and South Africa’s Struggle for Freedom feature, SAHO started updating the presidential profiles of all the ANC presidents since its formation in 1912. This project continues to today.

Below is a list of all ANC office bearers since its founding in 1912 with each name linked to a biography.

This list is a work in progress, any omissions are unintentional. Please click on the contribute icon on this page if you would like to add a name or biography.

ANC Presidents from 1912 - present

John Langalibalele Dube1912 - 1917
Sefako Mapogo Makgatho1917 - 1924
Zaccheus Richard Mahabane1924 - 1927
Josiah Gumede1927 - 1930
Pixley ka Isaka Seme1930 - 1936
Zaccheus Richard Mahabane1937 - 1940
Dr. Alfred Bitini Xuma1940 - 1949
James Moroka1949 - 1952
Albert Luthuli1952 - 1967
Oliver Tambo 1967 - 1991
Nelson Mandela1991 - 1997
Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki1997 - 2007
Jacob Zuma2007–present


ANC Deputy Presidents from 1952 - present

Deputy PresidentPeriod
Nelson Mandela1952 - 1958
Oliver Tambo1958 - 1985
Nelson Mandela1985 - 1991
Walter Sisulu1991 - 1994
Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki1994 - 1997
Jacob Zuma1997 - 2007
Kgalema Motlanthe2007–2009
Cyril Ramaphosa2009–present


ANC General Secretaries from 1912 - present

General SecretaryPeriod
Sol Plaatje1912–1915
Selope Thema1915–1917
H. I. Bud M'belle1917–1919
Saul Msane1919–1923
T. D. Mweli Skota1923–1927
E.J. Khaile1927–1930
Elijah Mdolomba1930–1936
James Arthur Calata1936–1949
Walter Sisulu1949–1955
Oliver Tambo1955–1958
Duma Nokwe1958–1969
Alfred Nzo1969–1991
Cyril Ramaphosa1991–1997
Kgalema Motlanthe1997–2007
Gwede Mantashe2007–present

Last updated : 17-May-2018

This article was produced by South African History Online on 30-Mar-2011

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