Sithembile Mbete

Political researcher: Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa)

jatjarag� (excitable) is how 26-year-old Sithembile Mbete describes herself, saying curiosity has brought her this far. Mbete is a political researcher at Idasa, an organisation focused on building a sustainable democratic society, and a leader of the Right2Know Campaign, which came about in response to the Protection of Information Bill. She loves the campaign because it encourages citizens to hold government accountable. As a Steve Biko Fellow with a master's in international relations Mbete has always kept a close eye on South Africa's transition to democracy. "I was six when the ANC was unbanned and my parents were very politically involved. I remember very vividly the debates and discussions before the 1994 elections � that period sparked my interest in South African politics.� Mbete believes the only way anything will get done in South Africa is if its citizens contribute actively to the country's development. It's time to put the freedoms of democracy to work. � Vuvu Vena

Twitter: @sthembete