Panyaza Lesufi: Gauteng education MEC, soccer fanatic, Ngud' groover

Panyaza Lesufi divulges his real name, talks about his favourite soccer team and opens up a different side to his life.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to Gauteng's education MEC about the matters that are close to his heart.

Listen to the conversation below:

We live in a country of poverty, unemployment and homelessness. To say we are fine, I really believe we are not genuine.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng education MEC

The first baptism of fire was at the helm of communicating the decision to dissolve the then Scorpions to establish The Hawks and the textbook saga in Limpopo.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng education MEC

But here we are, we have a system that is up and running and 550 000 parents have applied to place their children in our schools, which is a vote of confidence to the public education system.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng education MEC

I hate poverty, I hate suffering, I hate having to see people go through difficulty. I really believe that if we are given the responsibilities we are given, we need to bring joy to the lives of South Africans.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng education MEC

Lesufi grew up and became a student activist during the apartheid years. He has moved through the ranks of South Africa's public service from local government, to serving as Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga's right-hand man as the national spokesperson.

When we were fighting, we thought that we'd be free. Police were looking for me when I was 16 years old.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng education MEC

I really feel like DSTV is a rip off, when you look at the number of repeats. The SABC itself, we just don't have a strong consumer movement in our country.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng education MEC
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