Andrek “Panyaza” Lesufi was born in South Africa on the 4th of September 1968. He is a South African politician and the current Gauteng MEC for Education.
He served as the Gauteng MEC for Finance and e-Government for a short term in May 2019.
Andrek is a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature for the African National Congress (ANC).
He is the current Deputy Chairperson of the party in the province and the acting MEC for Social Development.
He occupied this position following the death of Thuliswa Nkabinde-Khawe in 2019.
Andrek Lesufi Biography
He was born on the 4th of September, 1968 in Edenvale.
Andrek and his parents were forced to move from his place of birth, Edenvale to Tembisa following the Apartheid-era Group Areas Act.
He was nicknamed “Panyaza” due to his love of football.
The South African politician and the current Gauteng MEC was born on 4 September 1968 in Edenvale. Andrek Lesufi is 68 years old.
He started his primary education at Tlamatlama Lower Primary School. Andrek then completed at Tshepisa Higher Primary School.
He then had his matriculation from Boitumelong Senior Secondary School.
Andrek finished his tertiary education at the University of Nata. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the university.
The general public can contact Panyaza Lesufi, the MEC for Education through the contact information below;
- Postal: Private Bag X74, Marshalltown, 2107.
- Street: Office of the Premier, 7th Floor, East Wing, 30 Simmonds Street, Johannesburg.
- Tel: 011 355 0909/ 011 355 0293
- Fax: 011 355 0542.
During his youthful days, he participated in the Mass Democratic Movement. He kicked off his political activism in Tembisa.
While in secondary school, Kennedy Nkoane, then student activist, recruited him to take part in anti-apartheid activities.
His elder brother, Nikisi Lesufi, who was a student leader at the University of the North had by that time escaped from prison.
Nikisi Lesufi traveled out of South Africa to become a member of the ANC.
Lesufi is a former member and leader of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS).
And later, he actively participated in the Tembisa Student Congress (TESO) following the ban on COSAS.
He also played notable roles in the National Education Crisis Committee.
Lesufi was sentenced to Modderbee Prison (1989 and 1995). He also served another short sentence at the Durban City Prison.
He participated in the South African Student Congress (SASCO) as a university student.
Eventually, he was elected president of the university’s SRC.
He received the University of Natal’s Chief Albert Luthuli Award Thabo Mbeki, former South African President.
After the ban on the African National Congress was lifted, Lesufi took part in the party’s structures.
He then became the Chairperson of the party’s Tembisa branch, now-defunct, for three (3) terms.
Later, Lesufi became the Deputy Regional Secretary of the party’s Kyalami Region.
He also served as the inaugural Deputy Regional Secretary of the party’s Ekurhuleni Region.
Lesufi has served on the ANC’s Provincial Executive Committee and became the Deputy Provincial Chairperson of the party in 2018.
He served as the spokesperson of the inaugural Ekurhuleni Mayor Bavumile Vilakazi. He worked for Nathi Mthethwa, a former Police Minister.
In 2014, he became active in the newly-established Department of Basic Education.
Still, in 2014, he was named Gauteng MEC for Education due to his election to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.
In May 2019, Lesufi was appointed to the position of Gauteng MEC for Finance and e-Government by Premier David Makhura.
He was later reinstated as Gauteng MEC for Education following the public outcry.