Buti Manamela

National secretary, Young Communist League of South Africa

The first national secretary of the South African Communist Party's youth wing Buti Manamela is known for being outspoken and fearless in politics. A determined political activist, Manamela started recruiting members for the ANC Youth League and the Congress of South African Students when he was only 12. He studied towards an electronic engineering diploma at Mamelodi College, but abandoned his studies when he was elected after the re-establishment of the Young Communist League of South Africa in 2003. He has since become the face of the organisation and was part of the young leaders and its tripartite alliance partner, the ANC Youth League, who played a major role to ensure that Jacob Zuma won the ANC presidency in 2007. Manamela is now an ANC MP. � Mmanaledi Mataboge

Lunch spot: Marco's African Place, Cape Town