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Panyaza Lesufi Biography: Early Life | Education | Political Career

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This is the biography of Panyaza Lesufi, a prominent South African politician who is currently the Premier of Gauteng. His journey from student politics to key government positions reflects his commitment to social change and development


Early Life

Andrek “Panyaza” Lesufi was born on September 4, 1968. He grew up in Edenvale, part of South Africa’s Transvaal Province (now Gauteng). His family later moved to Tembisa after being forcibly removed from Edenvale due to apartheid-era policies. His passion for football earned him the nickname “Panyaza.”


Panyaza Lesufi Education

Lesufi attended Tlamatlama Lower Primary School, Tshepisa Higher Primary School, and matriculated from Boitumelong Senior Secondary School in Tembisa. During his college days, he became involved in student politics and later studied at the University of Natal, where he was elected president of the student representative council. Lesufi went on to obtain a Master’s degree in business administration.


Panyaza Lesufi Political Career

Lesufi’s political journey began in public administration and communications within the Ekurhuleni government and the national government. From 2009 to 2014, he worked in the Department of Basic Education. In 2014, he was elected to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, marking the start of his impactful tenure.


Panyaza Lesufi Biography

Panyaza Lesufi Biography [Image: @Lesufi/X]


Lesufi served as the MEC for Education, overseeing educational policies, infrastructure, and quality improvement in Gauteng from May 2014 – October 2022. His commitment to improving schools and access to quality education was evident throughout his tenure.

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During this period, Lesufi temporarily took on the role of MEC for Social Development, addressing social welfare and community development.

Lesufi briefly held the position of MEC for Finance in 2019, demonstrating his versatility and willingness to contribute across different portfolios.


Panyaza Lesufi Biography

Panyaza Lesufi Biography [Image: @Lesufi/X]


His leadership within the African National Congress (ANC) extended to chairing the party in Gauteng from June 2022, where he continues to play a crucial role.

In October 2022, Lesufi was appointed as the seventh Premier of Gauteng. He was reelected to the position in 2024 following the elections.



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