At home with Communist Buti Manamela

By Drum Digital
16 August 2012

Like the perfect gentleman he is, he waits at the gate of his eastern suburbs home to welcome his guests.

The street is leafy and quiet, the only sound is the icy breeze rustling the leaves of the tall trees. You’d never guess that just a block away cars, bikes and buses are roaring along the busy street.

Buti Manamela (33) opens the gate for us, greeting us warmly. He’s just returned from a South African Communist Party (SACP) meeting in Durban, landing less than an hour ago.

He must have rushed home to meet us, but there’s no sign of fatigue or resentment that he hasn’t had a chance to relax in this haven he calls home.

Instead, we’re welcomed by a man who has an almost permanent smile which is accentuated by ever-present dimples.

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