Economic Freedom Fighters national spokesperson, Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, is turning 33 years old on 9 May.
As birthday wishes stream in from across the country for the "People's Bae," Briefly.co.za profiles some of the highlights of his young life so far.
1. Raised by a single mom
Given the prominence Mbuyiseni has already achieved at his age, people are always surprised to learn that he was raised by a single mom.
He was born in 1985 and grew up in the Evaton area of the Vaal, Gauteng.
2. Political consciousness at the age of seven.
In an interview posted on the People's Assembly website, Mbuyiseni describes how he came into political consciousness:
I was brought into political consciousness in 1992 when my uncle was jailed by the apartheid police force for his involvement in the underground activities of the liberation movement.
For the first time in my life I began to understand the oppression in the country, which I would later understand as racist, colonial and capitalist.
3. Precocious talent.
The People's Bae's talent was evident at an early age. In 2002 when he was in Grade 11, he won the coveted Young Communicators Award.
A video of his SABC interview afterwards went viral recently. Watch it below.
4. Political life started in the ANC.
Today, Mbuyiseni is a such a staunch member and leader of the EFF that it's hard to imagine he was once active in ANC's youth politics.
Before joining the EFF, he was a member and leader of the South African Students Congress, ANC Youth League, and the Young Communist League.
5. PhD at 32 years old.
In December 2017, Mbuyiseni received accolades from across the country after graduating with his PhD in Political Sociology from the University of Witwatersrand. He was just 32 at the time.
His academic brilliance is regularly on display during parliamentary sessions.
Happy birthday, Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi!
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