General Secretary, Cope Youth Movement
His job as general secretary makes Malusi Booi the
engine of the Congress of the People Youth Movement.
The 32-year-old was national coordinator for youth when
Cope was founded in 2008 and was later appointed in a
full-time capacity to the party's head offi ce to build the
structures of the youth wing.
under his stewardship the Cope youth movement has
challenged political leadership styles, including those
within its own party. It successfully pushed Cope to hold an
early elective conference in an effort to halt the leadership
squabbles that threatened to cripple the party.
The youth wing also started a campaign called Thuma
mina (send me), which allows young members of Cope
to assist poor learners with reading material and school
uniforms and also help to renovate schools.
In addition to doing Cope work, Booi, who is a project
manager in the construction industry, is on the boards of
three companies, including his own Johannesburg-based
Booi studied towards a national diploma in quantity
surveying at the Durban university of Technology, a degree
in project management through unisa and is currently
studying business management at Wits university.
Lunch spot: Ten Bompas, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg