Equal Education’s Democractically Elected National Council

Chairperson: Yoliswa Dwane


Yoliswa Dwane co-founded EE in 2008. She has obtained degrees in Film, Media and Visual Studies and in Law from UCT.  At EE, Dwane has headed the Policy, Research and Communication unit of EE and became EE’s first spokesperson and first democratically elected Chairperson. She is also a founding trustee of EELC and member of the UCT Council – the governance structure of that University.

Deputy Chairperson Post School Youth: Tracey Malawana

Tracey was born and raised in Gauteng. She was appointed to serve as the
chairperson of peer supporters in Gauteng when she was in Grade 11, and became LRC President when she was in Grade 12. At EE she has been an Equaliser, Facilitator, Community Leader and a Junior Organiser. Tracey is also a Public Relations student at UNISA.

Deputy General Secretary: Ntuthuzo Ndzomo

Ntuthuzo Ndzomo joined EE in 2008 as an Equaliser. In 2009, he was part of the first Leadership Committee of EE which was known then as the Crisis Committee. After working as a Facilitator in 2010, he spearheaded a new youth group in Mitchells Plain in 2011. In that same year he was nominated by his fellow facilitators to represent Post-School youth on EE’s board. In 2012, at EE’s first National Congress he was elected as Deputy Chairperson for Post-School Youth. In 2013, while a student at UCT, he served on UCT’s EE Society Executive Committee. Ntuthuzo has a BA in History, Politics, and Public Policy & Administration from UCT.

Post School Youth Representative: Niek Marutha

Niek has been with the movement since 2013, joining as an Equaliser. He has been a facilitator for two and half years and believes it has been a very worthwhile experience. For him, Equal Education has been a platform of learning. He is very committed to the movement and considers being part of Change to be his everyday goal.

Post School Youth Representative: Zintle Tomose

Zintle has been involved with EE for more than 6 years. She is doing her third year at CPUT in mathematical technology. She began as an Equaliser and then as a CL where she worked as Head of the Litha Park area. In 2015, she worked for Health-e News as a citizen journalist expressing youth views and youth dynamics and is presently interning as a part time social media officer at EE. Zintle serves as the Post School Youth Representative on the National Council.

Parent Representative: Daphne Erosi

Daphne Erosi grew up in Aliwal North and completed her education at Chris Hani Secondary in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. She now lives in Site B, Khayelitsha. In addition to being a full-time community liaison officer at EE, she is currently serving her second term as a member of National Council. Daphne is also a team leader for a Prevention in Action support group.

Parent Representative: Dumile Runwana

Dumile was born in Qumbu, Eastern Cape, but grew up in Cape Town. He lives in New Crossroads in Nyanga. He is an organiser with SANCO, New Cross branch. He is also the Treasurer of the Gugulethu CPF. He joined EE in June 2014 and has been a member since.

Deputy Chairperson Equaliser Representative: Thato Mashego 

Thato Mashego is an Equaliser from Rivoni Secondary School in Daveyton. In 2014 he was part of the mobilising team at Rivoni. He was the first equaliser at his school, responsible for introducing EE to the Rivoni community. He has been with EE for three years. He is a hard worker and a good listener, and he believes it is his communication skills which will most empower him to be an effective representative on the National Council.

Gauteng Representative: Thabang Mabuza

Thabang Eric Mabuza is a dedicated individual who is committed to Equal Education. He began as an equaliser and has continued to be a part of the community volunteering as a facilitator. He has good communication skills and outstanding leadership qualities that will help to uphold the Equal Education’s reputation as a victorious movement provincially and nationally. He has committed himself to always advocate for a better represented Gauteng while fulfilling the mission and vision of Equal Education. Viva EE Viva!

KwaZulu-Natal Representative: Samukelisiwe Kunene

Samukelisiwe, or Samu, is a very calm people person. She believes that respect for other people is essential if we want to be respected ourselves. She has been a KZN facilitator for a year now, and has shown her leadership through her personality and work. She believes education is an essential part of life which is why she has chosen to dedicate herself to Equal Education.

Limpopo Representative: Dikgang Eugene Ramashala

Dikgang Eugene Ramashala was born in Limpopo, Ga-Mashashane. Ramashala joined Equal Education in 2014 as a Facilitator and later became a Community Leader the following year. Ramashala has a National Higher Certificate in Accountancy from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development with the University of South Africa (Unisa).

Western Cape Representative: Thokozile Qalanto

Thoko joined EE in 2009 as an Equaliser and was elected to the Leadership Committee in 2010. She later volunteered as a facilitator, and a Leadership Committee mentor, before working at EE as an administrator in the Western Cape Youth Department.

Interim National Co-ordinator: Leanne Jansen-Thomas 

Leanne was appointed as Interim National Co-ordinator by Equal Education’s National Council in April 2018, subsequent to the resignation of the General Secretary. She was appointed to work in parallel with EE’s Deputy General Secretary, Ntuthuzo Ndzomo, leading up to EE’s National Congress in July 2018, where new leadership is elected. She studied media at UCT, and worked as a journalist (education writer) for Independent Newspapers before joining EE in 2016. Leanne’s previous positions at EE include Head of Policy and Training, and Head of Communications.

Limpopo Equaliser Representative: Lerato Mothiba

Lerato Mothiba has been in the movement since 2014, when he joined as an Equaliser. She was co-opted as an Equaliser Representative on the National Council.

Gauteng Equaliser Representative: Londokuhle Mnguni

Londokuhle Mnguni joined EE as an Equaliser in 2014 after taking part in the march in Pretoria in 2013. She believes that all social injustices in our country can be brought to an end by having equal education for all. Mnguni is

Eastern Cape Representative: Bafana Mranugo

Bafana was born and raised in a small village called Quzini in King Williams
Town, Eastern Cape. He is an an education activist, radio personality and music artist. Bafana joined the organisation in early 2013 while he was an Equaliser at Mbulelo Benekane Secondary School in Eastern Cape. He became a facilitator in June 2016 and was co-opted as the Eastern Cape Provincial representative at the end of that year.

KwaZulu-Natal Equaliser Representative: Thubelihle Nene

Western Cape Equaliser Representative: Amahle Geqiwe