Comrade Magope Maphila is a founder member of SADTU from SEPTU-NEUSA in Sekhukhuneland, Limpopo. He has served SADTU as a site steward, branch education convener, branch and regional secretary, regional deputy chairperson and provincial chairperson. In 2009, Cde Maphila was elected as the Deputy President of SADTU. During the 8th National Congress in October 2014, Cde Maphila was elected as President of SADTU. His priorities as president include contributing in political education programmes, working to create unity of purpose in and among structures, and helping to build a second layer of leadership within the collective mandate.