African National Congress
Treasurer General | African National Congress
Paul is a former student activist and member of the Congress of South African Students and played a critical role in various anti-apartheid formations during the struggle for liberation and was co-founder of and first president of the Alexandra Youth Congress. He was detained without trial from 1985 -1989 and participated in a nationwide protest by engaging in an 18-day hunger strike. When the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party were unbanned in 1990, he helped re-establish them and continued to organize on their behalf. Paul previously served as Minister of Arts and Culture and Gauteng Premier.