Born in Malamulele, Limpopo Province and a resident of Gauteng Province since 2002, Floyd Shivambu is a political activist, revolutionary, Freedom Charter Defender, writer, blogger, Publisher, and was a Spokesperson (2008 to 2012) for the ANC Youth League and member of its National Executive and Working Committees (2008 to 2012).
He was a student leader at Wits University (SRC President between 2004 and 2005), National Coordinator of the process that led to the launch of the South African Union of Students. Shivambu served in the National Executive of SASCO, National Committee of the Young Communist League and in the National Executive Committee and National Working Committee of the ANC Youth League.
He also served as a member of the African National Congress’ Economic Transformation and Communications NEC sub-committees. As President of the Students’ Representative Council at Wits University, he served in its Council and Senate (2004 and 2005), was a Students Representative in the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (JIPSA) chaired by RSA Deputy President Mlambo Ngcuka (2006 to 2007) and Board Member of the National Students’ Financial Aid Scheme between 2008 and 2012.
Shivambu graduated from the Mphambo High School in Malamulele in 2001, and graduated with a master’s degree ,with a distinction, in political studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 2014. He previously studied at the university from 2002 to 2006. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and an Honours Degree in Political Studies and International Relations.
- Spokesperson of African National Congress Youth League (2008–2012)
- SRC President at University of Witwatersrand (2004–2005)
- National Executive of South African Students Congress
- Students Representative of Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (2006–2007);
- Board Member of the National Students’ Financial Aid Scheme (2008–2012);
- Member of Parliament for the EFF (2014–present);
- Member of the Pan African Parliament since 2014;
Shivambu is the Deputy President in the Economic Freedom Fighters (2013–present) and responsible for Policy, Research, and International Relations.
Since their days in the ANC Youth League, Shivambu and Julius Malema have appeared as close political allies. Following their suspension from the ANC, Shivambu co-founded the EFF, alongside Malema. He co-edited a book about Malema, titled ‘The Coming Revolution’. Shivambu is a Marxist/Leninist.