Molelekwa Marumo

An accountant in the office of ANC chief whip in the Free State Legislature, Marumo was elected provincial treasurer of the YCL in 2011. His political activism began as a student leader at the former Vista University, where he served on the YCL’s Free State provincial executive and acted as provincial treasurer from 2007. When he’s not guarding the YCL purse, 30-year-old Marumo is using his writing skills to highlight social ills through radio dramas in his mother tongue, Sesotho. At 16, Marumo wrote his first radio drama and, in 2006, created a 20-episode drama, Se nkganang se nthola morwalo, which was broadcast on Lesedi FM. In keeping with his passion for using creativity to preserve culture, Marumo’s dramas focus on issues such as HIV and Aids, women abuse and politics, “stories that my community can relate to”, he says. His second drama, Malakabeng, was aired in March, its story line a condemnation of violent service delivery protests — Mmanaledi Mataboge