Mr Phumulo Masualle was born in a small town of Mt Fletcher in the Eastern Cape. He grew up in Mt Frere and later in Umtata where he completed his matric at St Johns College in Mthatha. He has been involved in the struggle for the emancipation of the poor and marginalized throughout his upbringing and testimony to that was his involvement in the students’ formation; i.e. South African National Students Congress, Trade Union movement, i.e. Post Office and Telecommunications Workers Union.
He has worked in the Eastern Cape Provincial Administration at various levels prior to his elevation to being the Member of the Provincial Legislature. He has been a Member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature since 1999 and has held the following positions; MEC for Roads and Public Works and MEC for Provincial Planning and Treasury from 2009-2014 and also served in various Standing Committees in the Eastern Cape Legislature.
As a member of the Public Accounts Committee, he was also elected to serve as National Chairperson of the Association of Public Account Committees (APAC). Premier Phumulo Masualle is the current Provincial Chairperson of the African National Congress. He is also the current National Treasurer of the South African Communist Party and a Member of the African National Congress’ National Executive Committee. In the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature he served as the leader of government business. He held leadership roles both in the South African Communist Party and the African National Congress.
Previous leadership positions he held include the following;
Premier Phumulo Masualle holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering, a Post‐Graduate Diploma in Economic Principles. In May 2014, he was elected and sworn in as the Premier of the Eastern Cape Province.