David Masondo

Chairperson, Young Communist League

David Masondo is the most powerful youth politician that you probably have not heard of. That's because the chairperson of the Young Communist League of South Africa is more academic than politician. Known for his soft-spoken, down-to-earth and approachable nature, this extremely low-profile politicio, has lectured in political studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is now working towards his PhD at New York University. Masondo first became politically active as a child in Limpopo when he mobilised, with members from his village, against corrupt chiefs who embezzled money intended for community projects. Masondo has been a member of the National Youth Commission and served as chairperson of the ANC Youth League in Limpopo. � Monako Dibetle

Lunch spot: Mzitho, Braamfontein, Johannesburg