Deputy President, ANC Youth League
Since he was elected deputy president of the ANC Youth
League in 2008, Andile Lungisa's political career appears
to have taken a positive turn. His name is often whispered in
the corridors of power as a potential replacement for ANCYL
president Julius Malema � though it is unlikely that this will
happen in the near future.
An articulate but reserved politician, the 31-year-old
Lungisa is passionate about confronting the challenges
facing young people today, among them HIV/Aids,
unemployment and poverty. And he intends to use his
position as chairman of the National Youth Development
Agency as a way to address these challenges.
Born and bred in Tsomo in the Eastern Cape, Lungisa
became active in politics at the age of 14 through the
Congress of South African Students. After being recruited
by the South African Students Congress in the early 1990s
he was elected chairman of the region, which includes Port
Elizabeth and Grahamstown.
In 1998 he started an ANCYL branch in the western
suburbs of Port Elizabeth, called City Central, and became
a branch executive. In 2001 Lungisa was elected deputy
chairperson of the league's Nelson Mandela region and
became ANCYL deputy president in 2008.
Lungisa, who is also a playwright and a poet, has worked
extensively in the creative sector in the Eastern Cape. In
2005 he was rewarded with The Herald Citizen of the Year
award in the arts and culture category.
He serves on the Broad Based Black Economic
Empowerment Council chaired by President Jacob Zuma,
which was established in December 2009, and is vicepresident
of the Pan-African Youth union, a structure of the
African union. � Matuma Letsoalo
Lunch spot: Moyo, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg