Position: Vice Chair (Constituency: Teaching profession)
Constituency: Vice Chairperson

Mugwena Maluleke

Mugwena Maluleke is the General Secretary of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), and represents Education International on the GCE Board.

A former maths teacher and Principal of Tshwane’s Rodney Mokoena Junior Secondary School, Maluleke has been a member of SADTU since its inception in 1990. He served as the Branch Organiser of SADTU, Soshanguve Branch when the Union was fighting for recognition from the apartheid government and became the Branch Secretary responsible for recruitment and administration of the political activities.

He served in the Executive Committee of the Southern Transvaal Region of the Union before the 1994 political breakthrough. He was elected as the Deputy Secretary of SADTU Gauteng province where he was responsible for union administration and negotiations. He climbed the ladder to become the National Treasurer - a position he held for 10 years. As Treasurer, he was responsible for the union finances. In 2008 he was elected the Deputy General Secretary and was responsible for the administration of the union and collective bargaining.

In 2009, Maluleke was elected the General Secretary at the National General Council. A trade unionist and political activist at heart, Maluleke’s role goes beyond SADTU. He is a member of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Central Executive Committee.

COSATU is South Africa’s largest trade union federation with more than 21 union affiliates including SADTU with a membership spanning over 1.8 million. SADTU is the second largest union in COSATU with more than 235000 members and the single largest public sector union.

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that aims to end exclusion in education. Education is a basic human right, and our mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality, public education.