Successful leaders and administrators have confidence, passion and integrity. They possess excellent communication skills and are accountable. One of the famous political figures in South Africa today is Panyaza Lesufi. He is a Member of the Executive Council (MEC). He is known for being vocal about his thoughts and ideas.
Panyaza Lesufi was born on the 4th of September 1968. Today, he is 51 years old. Virgo is his Zodiac sign, and his nationality is South African. Dindela, Edenvale in Transvaal Province is Panyaza Lesufi birthplace. However, his family relocated to Tembisa after his parents were evicted from their Edenvale home by the Group Areas Act during the era of apartheid. Panyaza Lesufi real name is Andrek Lesufi.
Panyaza Lesufi early life and education
From an early age, Panyaza loved football. His love for the sport earned him the nickname "Panyaza". He went to Tlamatlama Lower Primary School for his basic education. Afterwards, he joined Tshepisa Higher Primary School. He continued with his education at Boitumelong Senior Secondary School from where he matriculated.
After completing his secondary level of education, he went to an institution of higher learning. He enrolled at the University of Natal for his undergraduate degree. He also pursued a Master of Business Administration degree at the same university.
Besides football, the now-famous politician was interested in politics. He started his political journey when he was still a student in Tembisa, the area where he grew up. He was an active member of the Mass Democratic Movement at the time. When he was in Boitumelong Secondary School, he was recruited as a member of an anti-apartheid group by Kennedy Nkoane, who was a student activist.
At the time, Nikisi Lesufi, Panyaza's brother and student leader at the University of the North, had escaped from prison. Nikisi left his home country to become an active member of the African National Congress (ANC). Nikisi's experiences inspired his younger brother to put up a spirited fight against the apartheid rule.
Panyaza joined the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) where he became a leader. He then joined the Tembisa Student Congress (TESO) following the banning of COSAS. He later became an active member of the National Education Crisis Committee.
During his time at the University of Natal, he was actively involved in the activities of the South African Student Congress (SASCO). He later became the president of the university's SRC. Later on, retired president Thambo Mbeki honoured him with the University of Natal's Chief Albert Luthuli Award for his work.
Due to his political involvement, the young politician found himself at loggerheads with the existing authorities. In 1989, he was briefly imprisoned at the Modderbee Prison. The incarceration did not stop him from championing for the freedoms of South Africans, so he was detained for the second time in 1995 at the Durban City Prison.
After ANC was unbanned, the politician became very actively involved in the development of the party's structure. Panyaza Lesufi ANC was the chairperson of the party's Tembisa branch for a total of three terms. He later became ANC's Deputy Regional Secretary in Kyalami Region.
He was also the pioneer Deputy Regional Secretary of the Ekurhuleni Region. Since 2007, Lesufi Panyaza has been serving in the Provincial Executive Committee of ANC. In mid 2018, fellow party members elected his as the Deputy Provincial Chairperson of ANC.
When the first Ekurhuleni Mayor was elected, Panyaza was his spokesperson. At the same time, he was one of the members of the task team that established the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). The team was led by Zola Skweyiya, the Minister of Social Development at the time.
The politician also worked closely with Nathi Mthethwa, then Police Minister in different capacities. In 2014, he became one of the first people to work in the Department of Basic Education which was newly established. The same year, he was elected into the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.
After the election, the politician was named the new MEC of Education for Gauteng. He held the position until May 2019. That month, David Makhura appointed him as the new MEC for e-Government and Finance in Gauteng. The public was not pleased with the decision. Following a heartfelt public outcry, the decision to move Panyaza Lesufi back to education was made. He is currently the MEC for Education in Gauteng.
In his professional life, the politician is best known for his dedication to the establishment of new public institutions from scratch. At first, he was out of touch with the education system in South Africa. He is now up to date with all the education-related issues that affect the country. He is always happy to serve the people.
Panyaza Lesufi net worth
In his capacity as a political figure, Panyaza earns an impressive monthly compensation package for his work. He has access to some of the luxuries that the ordinary South African may not have. Although he is one of the wealthy people in contemporary Gauteng, his net worth is yet to be disclosed to the public.
Panyaza Lesufi contact details
Members of the public can reach the MEC for Education via the official contact information for Gauteng. The details:
Postal address: Private Bag X74, Marshalltown, 2107.
Street address: Office of the Premier, 7th Floor, East Wing, 30 Simmonds Street, Johannesburg.
Telephone numbers: 011 355 0909/ 011 355 0293
Fax: 011 355 0542.
In August 2016, the MEC for Education gave out the Panyaza Lesufi email contact. He was responding to a South African citizen who was asking about school registration details for a domestic worker's son. The politician requested the man to send him an email. According to the response that he gave, Panyaza Lesufi email address is PANYAZA.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The politican also has active social media pages. He has a Twitter account with at least 187k followers and an Instagram account with over 2.6k followers. He also has a Facebook page with over 67.8k followers.
Panyaza Lesufi family
Details of the politician's personal life are scarce. His wedding details and wife are not known and neither are his children. There are speculations that he is still single.
Panyaza Lesufi is a 51-year-old South African politician and the current MEC for Education in Gauteng. He has been involved in politics since he was in secondary school. Throughout his political career, he has served in different capacities. His legacy in the education sector is establishing new public institutions that revolutionalise the education in Gauteng.