Fikile Mbalula

Deputy minister of police

Until 2004, Fikile Mbalula was a non-factor in the country's political discourse. The former youth league firebrand was thrust into the limelight after he was elected ANC Youth League president. His key task � albeit not as easy as he might have thought � was to make sure Jacob Zuma would become the next president of the ANC and the country. It was Mbalula's hard work as head of ANC's election campaign that won him a position in Zuma's Cabinet as deputy minister of police. Known affectionately as "Vutha� in ANC circles, Mbalula is a largerthan- life character is one of the most influential politicians in the country. And the youth league has big plans for their former leader; they expect him to take over as ANC president someday and ultimately become the country's president. � Matuma Letsoalo

Lunch spot: Pigalle, Sandton, Johannesburg