Nkosiphendule Kolisile

Chairperson, Gauteng SACP

The new member of the provincial legislature in Gauteng on an ANC ticket, Nkosiphendule Kolisile entered the world of politics at the age of 18. That's when he signed up for both the SACP and the ANC. His experience in labour politics, while working as a security guard, equipped him with the organisational skills that helped him rise through the party ranks. He was a shopsteward at mining company, Gold Fields, and at the security company, Group 4 Securicor, a position he was fired from in 2001 for leading a strike action. Kolisile's rise to political power began with the SACP's regional leadership in the West Rand and then deputy national organiser, a position that raised his profile nationally and gave him the support to be elected Gauteng chairperson. He was also on the SACP team that led Khutsong's successful four-year struggle for the reincorporation of the Merafong Municipality back into Gauteng from the North West. � Mmanaledi Mataboge

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