Malusi Booi

National coordinator, Congress of the People Youth Movement

The soft-spoken but influential co-founder of the Cope Youth Movement, 31-year-old Malusi Booi, cut his teeth in student politics in the late Eighties when he joined the Congress of South African Students. Booi held several positions including secretary and president of the student representative council at the Durban University of Technology, with the aim of improving both studying and living conditions at the university. This professional quantity surveyor frankly admits that he was influenced by the socialist content of the rival student body, the PAC-aligned Pan Africanist Student Movement, mainly because of its stance on land ownership. Booi returned to active politics with the formation of Cope and became the national coordinator of its youth movement. He is a director of a Johannesburg-based logistics company, Cyoyo Logistics. � Mmanaledi Mataboge

Lunch spot: Ten Bompas, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg