De Lille backs Mazibuko

2011-10-09 12:33

Cape Town - Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has backed Lindiwe Mazibuko's candidacy as leader of the Democratic Alliance in Parliament.

"In helping our party to grow at unprecedented levels in the local government elections, Lindiwe has proved herself an exceptional leader and a formidable opponent of the ANC," De Lille wrote in a letter of endorsement released on Sunday.

"I believe that she is the best person to take our party forward in Parliament. In this historic moment, she is the best person for South Africa."

DA MP Mazibuko, 31, will stand against the party's current parliamentary caucus leader Athol Trollip in the elections on October 27.

  • Daniel du Plessis - 2011-10-09 12:54

    She is a very bright young lady and I hope she succeeds.

      richard1972 - 2011-10-09 14:01

      I hope so too. And I would love to see a live, televised debate on current affairs between Mazimbuko and Malema.

      Ayoba - 2011-10-11 12:59

      Better than Athol Trollip. Right?

  • dithala - 2011-10-09 12:55


      PinkandProud - 2011-10-09 13:05

      I wouldn't count on it. The DA has intelligent people.

      Grant - 2011-10-09 13:29

      Therein lies the problem dickala, in proper parties that practise democracy, you don't 'claim' positions, nor do you get rewarded for being sycophant, you have to earn it! You know - work for it, sacrificing time and energy!!

  • dithala - 2011-10-09 12:57


      leonard - 2011-10-09 13:26

      @dithala......What you and people like you don`t understand about whites is that in the main there is no hatred of "blacks" just an abhorance of the incompetece shown by the anc who happen to be in the main black.The DA have someone who has proved to be an exceptional person and she happens to be "black",so what.I promise you ,no wholesale exodus will happen by whites from the DA,more like a massive import of many "blacks"fed up with the gross incompetence of the anc.

      clivegoss - 2011-10-09 14:26

      Dick ala you seriously need help, big time help boetie,In this my country we do NOT vote race.Voting race results in losers like the current governing party getting elected.Happy to report that unfounded senseless (brainless) comments like yours gives me hope. Lots of hope.

      ariete - 2011-10-09 15:22

      @Dithala, you clearly have no understanding of the DA nor its historical antecedent, the Progressive Party. However, you will note that most of the whites who joined the ANC are leaving in droves, because they are thoroughly disillusioned by a bunch of greedy non-performers who are plundering Treasury

      Sprinkaan - 2011-10-09 16:21

      Please go and cut the grass, you not suppose to use your baas's internet

  • PinkandProud - 2011-10-09 13:04

    Lindiwe for president! So refreshing to have an intelligent 'youth' member.

  • matla - 2011-10-09 13:13

    As long as a political party is led by an African, that is good for me. Amandla Lindiwe, Africa for Africans

      Grant - 2011-10-09 13:23

      Good to see you acknowledge that matla, after all, Helen Zille is an African.

      matla - 2011-10-09 13:29

      u wish

      PinkandProud - 2011-10-09 13:40

      @Matla ~ Rather stick to the maaifoedies party. The DA doesn't accept racists, whereas the ANCrime Syndicate does. If you were a member of the DA, you'd only drag it down.

  • ¦? - 2011-10-09 13:25

    The DA is against affirmative action yet, affirmative action can be seen in this soon to be appointed black lady as the leader of the opposition in parliament.The DA's vision stretches far and wide,the sole objective being to attract more blacks to the DA,and fair enough to do this,its healthy for democracy and for the country to have a stronger opposition. The problems arise whether squatter camp dwellers will vote for her,because she comes across as a madam-wannabe with her fake white south african accent.Now this shouldnt be a problem,because all of us can be what we wanna be and how we wanna behave,but will she appeal to the black masses? Will she be able to prove that she is her own person and that the whites in the DA is not pulling her strings,which they most probably will be doing? Increasing blacks and black leaders in the DA will bring its own problems in the future,should the DA grow further,as they would not want to be told by whites what and how to do things.

      leonard - 2011-10-09 14:52

      @whateverthef#ckthesymbolmeans.(Done on purpose to this idiot,too ashamed to have a name)Go back and see my reply to dithala.You epitomise the fear in the anc about an ever growing DA,proving themselves to be an all inclusive non racial party.I pity you for your stupidity.

      JamesNd - 2011-10-09 15:15

      I disagree! Everyone just wants an effective well run party, who ever holds key position doesnt matter as long as they do there job to the best of their ability.I predict more blacks, coloureds and hopefully Indian people start coming up through the ranks in the DA.They want to make the party representational of South AfriCANs. The old whitie stalwarts will start to fade away into the background or hold fewer positions. You do have a point though with the masses not wanting to vote DA, for them i guess the DA has a false apartheid stigma weighing them down. Service delivery in the WCape is only getting better and leaving the rest of the country in the dust in this department. When the Myciti bus links up to the cape flats and Gugs people will start to see what they are getting for their vote. Maybe ANC will get the spirit of old back and place pride, honour and respect back on the table. BUT i think first they have to empty out the crate of bad apples. Anc have been way to slow with everything.South Africa deserves a well run government. Peace

      ariete - 2011-10-09 15:25

      This is based on competence, not cadre gratification or colour. Have you paid attention to how bright and articulate this lady is?

      ¦? - 2011-10-09 15:41

      @ariete, Really? Bright? Competent? Theres many others in the DA that is just as bright and competent as she is,sadly,not many members of the DA;s upper structure is black,and when i mean black,i mean black,not coloured. Shes being pushed through because shes a Zille ally,thats all there is to it.Will she appeal to poor people with her fake white accent? Unlikely The DA lacks a solid black person,who can remain their true selves and speak with a black accent and not someone like this lady,who is comes across as very decent,but at the same time,comes across as very plastic and all pretence with that accent

      Maddy-CT - 2011-10-09 16:17

      @ ... 1. You appear to be obsessed with race. 2. Why do you assume that Ms. Mazibuko will have her strings pulled by 'white' people? You do all black people an injustice when you believe that Ms. Mazibuko is incapable of thinking for herself and being her own person. 3. Ms. Mazibuko's accent is not 'fake' as you put it but a reflection of the environment in which she was raised and educated. That does not mean that she does not understand or care about the poor. Looking at what is happening in the ANC, do you think that politicians with 'black' accents care more, and do you think that the 'black masses' really care about the accent of the person who will meet their needs, as long as their needs are met? Ms. Mazibuko has a reputation for being a formidable speaker and a fearless politician who is passionate about the issues facing this country. 4. It is myth that the DA does not support AA - they do support it but will implement it in a different way to the ANC (where candidates are also equipped with the skills to succeed in their positions). They also support BBBEE, but will implement it in a way that benefits more people rather than a select few.

      ¦? - 2011-10-09 16:30

      @Maddy-CT, Thabo Mbeki lived in the UK and still speaks like a black person.I disagree with you cause that accent sure is fake and so is the accent of Naledi Pandor.

      analyse - 2011-10-12 11:43

      This forum is just biased OMG, as long as Lindiwe does not address real issues affecting our society she is a non-event. The exponential gap between the rich and the poor needs to be addressed asap, the land question has to be attended to as well. Thats why Malema appeals to the poor coz he talks their language, am waiting to see Lindiwe's input

  • mbembe - 2011-10-09 13:35

    Who cares?

      Grant - 2011-10-09 13:38

      Intelligent people who love this beautiful country care very much!

      mbembe - 2011-10-09 19:32

      Actually a few DA supporters care, and I can't find the intelligence in that.

  • matla - 2011-10-09 13:37

    Atleast she is educated and wont be ultimately blamed when the mighty ANC trounce the DA at the polls. some people i know resort to the playing the race card whenever they suffer a humiliating beatin like this morning when a poor springbok coach was sudenly blamed because of the colour of his skin. Amandla Lindiwe, and be cautious when dealin' with this people, you will always be under spurious scrutinity.

      Freddie - 2011-10-09 13:54

      Ag nieeee, man. Boy, I expected more from a 21century guy. Your comment is old school. Voix populi, voix humbug, that is, the voice of the people is the voice of the humbug. Matla, stop being so insecure. Scrutiny is always a good thing regardless of colour.

  • Freddie - 2011-10-09 13:46

    Thus far I haven't heard that Mazibuko has been involved with Saambou and/or Stompie dealings. Neither has she attacked the statesmanship of the Honourable Mandela. What I also like about her is that she doesn't sing Kill the Boer Kill the Farmer Songs. Once upon a time there was the Madiba magic, now there's the Mazibuko magic. Bring it on, girl!

  • joshreader - 2011-10-09 13:50

    She is one of the most brilliant and interesting young South Africans, already a leader in her own right but also someone who will almost certainly shape this country's future for the better. I'm a big fan. She is a refreshing antidote to Julius Malema and his ilk. She is a person of integrity and deep intelligence.

      analyse - 2011-10-12 12:03

      Its a Pity Forbes think otherwise

  • Freddie - 2011-10-09 14:15

    There is no way that Mazibuko could debate with Juju. She'll catch Jujubian Influenza. Also, you need intelligence to debate with such a smart lady!

  • almosthuman - 2011-10-09 14:18

    yeah,The D.A will get more of her ilk and one day the fearful,illiterate,brain-washed masses will get their monies filtered down to them and not siphoned-off by the maaifoedies.

  • dithala - 2011-10-09 14:29

    Hurry up! Ma-Lindis and for once, well-done Helen and who is this Troll wanting to stand on the way of our progress.ANC buit-vas we are out of here.

  • Mtizozo - 2011-10-09 14:34

    she is controlled by whites so that DA can also get the votes from the black poors. Watchs the space, after the main elections she will be troughn out by the Afriforoms forces in the DA,,

      dithala - 2011-10-09 14:42

      Maybe a possibility mtizozo but at present we need urgent and drastic changes to move forward. I support the DA moves for once.

  • almosthuman - 2011-10-09 14:56

    good to see so many black commentary on this blog...obviously they are all very intruiged,all good signs,she is brave...braver than most,she will have to fight harder and survive immense scrutiny,she is up for it...lets see her fly ! She is NOT a maaifoedie...long live Lindiwe long live !

  • Georgie Porgie - 2011-10-09 15:24

    For now the politically correct decision is to go for "black". It will take a very long time before you go for white, maybe forever. No one has ever thought of this statistic but guess how many whites there are to blacks on the whole of the african continent. A very scary statistic indeed. Whites dont have a say, forget about democracy it's all about colour here in good old black africa. The South African Nation Has yet to see in technicoulor let alone black and white.

  • Kev47 - 2011-10-09 15:37

    I, too, support Lindiwe! Enough white males in the DA. Time to get with the program.

  • King - 2011-10-10 08:13

    Brave woman, I'll give her that. I do however feel that she gets the backing because she's the correct "colour". And so did De Lille for that matter, and Dan Plato before him. People therefore must not be shy to speak of the elephant in the room. The DA promotes AA, even though they'll never admit to it. Mazibuko and De Lille seem bright enough, but how on earth did Dan Plato get the position of Cape Town mayor?

  • VallyMonroe - 2011-10-10 09:32

    17 years into democracy and we still have "whites" and "Black" as opponents. Can't we live togethers as one and take on life obsticles as a unity?

  • analyse - 2011-10-12 11:54

    People be real, say all you want give me the thumbs down if it will help you sleep. As bright as you can claim Lindiwe is, I think its unfair to compare him to Malema - Malema is in a class of his own, that youngman is powerful to ignore him is ignoring your future. Be open minded, I have watched his interviews for years and have seen him improving by the day and he appeals to the youth, poor, working class etc. Forbes even recognise this fact, I wouldnt advise anyone to write off this man.

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