Manemolla David Makhura is the current Premier of Gauteng following his appointment in 2014. Makhura is a member of the ANC. Makhura is also the trustee of the Board of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.Between 1984 and 2004 Makhura was involved in student and youth politics in the Azanian Student Movement, the Congress of South Afrrican Students (COSAS), and the South African Youth Congrss, where he served various leadership positions.As a young activist, Makhura joined the underground structures of the banned African National Congress, (ANC), and the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1986 and 1987. During his student years at University Makhura fought against financial exclusion at tertiary institutions. With pressure from student organisations like the SA Student Congress (SASCO), of which Makhura had been he secretary-general, ensured that students received funding.