Gif t Mashabane was born on the 6 August 1965 in Mamelodi East . He is the first born child of Monica Morakane and David Madala Mashabane. He attended his primary school in Sikhanyisele then moved to Sindawonye Primary School and then to Mamelodi High School where he passed his matric in 1984.
He started working as a taxi driver after matric between 1985 and 1986 and between 1986 and 1987 he worked as a till packer at Menlyn . Between 1988 to 1991 he registered for a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology . After graduating he didn’t have money to further his studies instead he worked as a sales representative selling hair products to hair salons. In 1994 he opened his own hair salon and whilst he was running his business he registered for a BComm degree with the then Vista University . In 2005 he sold his hair salon and in 2006 he studied full time and graduated in 2007 for his B Comm degree. In 2008 he joined the Auditor General of South Africa as a Trainee Accountant until his resignation in March 2012. His intention when he tendered his resignation was to start a private school , he was dismayed when he was compiling the admission policy for the school , he discovered that private schools dismissed children when their parents failed to honour their school fees obligation. That changed his perspective. He couldn’t tolerate the humiliation and torture imposed on the poor child. To him education is a right and not a commodity. That propelled him to start a political party to challenge the system with an aim of bringing true freedom to his people .