Puleng Peter Mabe (Pule Mabe) was born on 19 March 1980 in Namakgale, Phalaborwa, Northern Transvaal (now known as Limpopo Province). He was raised by a single mother. Mabe went on to study for a BTech in Journalism at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), where he also served as the president of the SRC. On 11 June 2019, Mabe was awarded a Master of Business Leadership from the University of South Africa (UNISA) School of Business Leadership[1].

Mabe rose to political prominence when he was in the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) then led by Julius Malema. From 2008, he was the Treasurer General of the ANCYL. In 2012, Malema was expelled from the African National Congress (ANC) by the ANC’s NDC following a suspension alongside the spokesperson and secretary general of the ANCYL[2]. Once Malema left the Youth League, Mabe campaigned to become the Youth League president.

In 2012 he was elected to ANC National Executive Committee and then he was elected as a member of parliament in 2014[3].

Mabe is also a very controversial figure, with his name linked to several scandals. In 2013 he was part of a fraud trial where over two-million-rand worth of assets were seized from him and his co-accused. He was acquitted in December 2014.

In 2015, he was implicated in the investigation into corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) by former public protector, Thuli Madonsela. In 2018, after he had been elected the national spokesperson, he faced a sexual assault charge from his personal assistant. She was allegedly paid a settlement and he returned to work in 2019.[4]

He previously occupied the following positions[5]:

  • Committee Whip at Standing Committee on Finance (National Assembly Committees) 2016 - 2017
  • Member of Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology (National Assembly Committees) 2015 – 2017
  • Member of National Assembly (Parliament) 2014 – 2017
  • Member of Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (National Assembly Committees) 2014 – 2016
  • Member of Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services (National Assembly Committees) 2014 – 2015
  • Member-elect at National Assembly (Parliament) 2014
  • 53rd Candidate on the African National Congress National Election List 2014 

Puleng Peter Mabe (Pule Mabe) is currently a member of the ANC.

[2] Nickolaus Bauer. ANC expels Julius Malema Mail & Guardian 2012 https://mg.co.za/article/2012-02-29-julius-malema-expelled/?amp

[3] John Israel. Pule Mabe Biography: Age, Net Worth, Businesses, Qualifications, Cars, House & Weight Loss. UBeToo 2022. https://www.ubetoo.com/artists/pule-mabe-biography-age-net-worth-businesses-qualifications-cars-house-weight-loss/

[4] Setumo Stone. R50 000 for Pule Mabe’s sexual harassment accuser. City Press 2019. https://www.news24.com/citypress/news/r50-000-for-pule-mabes-sexual-harassment-accuser-20190408

[5] People’s Assembly. Mr Peter Pule Mabe. People’s Assembly 2023. https://www.pa.org.za/person/puleng-peter-mabe/


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