Lebogang Maile

Gauteng MEC: Sports, recreation, arts and culture

Becoming a provincial minister at the tender age of 30 may come as a shock to some, but not to Lebogang Maile, whose future in politics was always secure. He grew up as a child of the ANC, putting up campaign posters for his political elders, who include Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile and the other Alexandra strongmen who rule the province. Born into a family for whom police raids were commonplace Maile knew from an early age that politics was his passion. He experienced privilege for the first time at Crawford College, where he finished his high-school education. From there his jobs were always political � first as Gauteng Youth Commission chairperson and later as Gauteng Youth League chairperson, which is the position that landed him the prized job as provincial minister. Now he has thrown his hat into the ring to take on the controversial Julius Malema as ANC Youth League president � a contest that will test all his skills and influence his future. � Mandy Rossouw

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