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req­ui­site ex­pe­ri­ence should ap­pear on the na­tional stage, the move­ment of Winnie Man­dela and Ruth First must sup­port and elect a woman pres­i­dent.”

In an ap­par­ent at­tempt to present him­self as a life­long politi­cian, Lungisa says he is not new to pol­i­tics.

“Un­like many, I was born into pol­i­tics, I never joined them, I did not seek to find pol­i­tics in my life. My fam­ily is grounded in the his­tory of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle. My ma­ter­nal grand­mother was a staunch sup­porter and cam­paigner of King Sa­bata Dalindyebo. In 1985/86, she had an ANC T-shirt long be­fore 1994 when it be­came fash­ion­able,” he says.

“I grew up in the pol­i­tics of AbaThembu of Rhoda and AbaThembu of Bum­bane. My grand­fa­ther is Wil­lie Somdyala, a gal­lant free­dom fighter who died fight­ing in World War 2. He was buried in Mpumalanga in a war me­mo­rial. He was part of the group that formed the ANC Youth League.”

Lungisa re­vealed his true iden­tity, con­firm­ing his links with Hawks boss Bern­ing Ntle­meza. “I am ac­tu­ally Ntle­meza, Andile Ntle­meza, and not Lungisa, as I am pop­u­larly known. My pa­ter­nal grand­fa­ther is Ntle­meza, his name is Chitho Ntle­meza. My fa­ther was born in Le­sotho, be­cause my grand­fa­ther was in Le­sotho as far back as 1952. I use Lungisa but our sur­name is ac­tu­ally Ntle­meza.”

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