Mbalula cut his teeth in ANC politics at the tender age of 13 and rose to the ANC Youth League presidency. Those around him describe him as a revolutionary impatient for change, and also a firm internationalist. During the 1980s, he was an influential leader in the Congress of South African Students. His struggle credentials were further established when he served as an area member of the United Democratic Front. His activism as an internationalist saw him elected for two consecutive terms as vice-president and later president of the International Union of Socialist Youth, an affiliate organisation of the Socialist International, which represents more than 145 countries. After 1994, he was elected to the national executive committee of the ANC Youth League, where he served as the secretary for political education. After serving as provincial secretary of the Free State, he was elected national secretary general for two terms. He was elected as the president of the ANC Youth League in 2004, making him a member of both the ANC national working committee and national executive committee

LUNCH SPOT:Nambitha, Orlando West, Soweto