DAVID MASONDO

David Masondo was not recruited to the struggle. Instead, the conditions of rural poverty and apartheid, undemocratic traditional leadership and institutions mended by "chiefs� sparked his political activism. He started the struggle with his peers through community self-organisation and mobilisation against corrupt chiefs who embezzled money that was meant to be used to build schools. These struggles evolved organically with the formation of the Mbokota Youth Congress in 1989. Since then, he has played a major role in re-establishing the ANC Youth League in villages in his area. He joined the SACP in 1993 and is currently the national chairperson of the Young Communist League. During his studies at Giyane College of Education, Masondo led the South African Student Congress and was also elected as president of the student representative council (SRC) at the college. In 1996, he was elected as Northern Transvaal provincial chairperson of the South African Student Congress, and a year later he became its national deputy president. In 1998, he was elected as SRC president at the University of the Witwatersrand and, in 1999, he was appointed the national youth commissioner. When his term expired, he was appointed as SACP national political education coordinator and youth desk coordinato. He served as the chairperson of the ANC Youth League in Limpopo province between 2003 and 2005 and is currently a political studies lecturer at Wits, where he is also studying to obtain his PhD. Masondo has published and presented a number of academic and SACP papers

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