Mazibuko 'honoured' to accept new role

2011-10-27 14:39

Cape Town - DA spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko was on Thursday elected as the party's leader in Parliament.

She defeated incumbent Athol Trollip for the post.

Mazibuko, 31, was expected to win the contest after a number of party stalwarts, including leader Helen Zille, voiced their support for her.

She was elected by the DA's 83-member caucus. Zille also had a vote in the election. No voting percentages were immediately released by the party.


In a statement later, Mazibuko said she was honoured to accept the position of parliamentary leader of the DA.

"I thank my colleagues in the parliamentary caucus for endorsing my candidacy and pledge to serve and lead them to the best of my ability as we work towards our objectives," she said.

Mazibuko also paid tribute to Trollip.

He had served the caucus with distinction over the past two-and-a-half years and had accepted the outcome of the election with grace and aplomb, she said.

In the other mid-term caucus elections on Thursday, Elza van Lingen was elected DA leader in the National Council of Provinces, Wilmot James caucus chairperson, Marti Wenger deputy caucus chairperson, and Sandy Kalyan deputy chief whip.

Mazibuko named Watty Watson for the position of chief whip.

The elected whips are Stuart Farrow, Dion George, Patricia Kopane, Erik Marais, David Maynier, Gareth Morgan, Piet Pretorius, and Mike Waters.

  • James - 2011-10-27 14:43

    What a hottie

      Johan - 2011-10-27 15:08

      ...she is too young.... ....with zero experience....

      ZuguZugu - 2011-10-27 15:22

      she is too fat... she is not hot at all.... youth means nothing Johan... experience is something that can be learnt... the younger the better i say.. old people exercise old ideas.... your little da has run out of fresh ideas perhaps she will change this for you....

      Ann - 2011-10-27 15:38

      Make us proud Lindiwe - you have what it takes and whatever you don't, you can learn from those who have gone before you. It is in the DA's interest to see you succeed! Good Luck!

      Peter - 2011-10-27 21:02

      Well done to Lindewe and the DA

      Jarryd - 2011-10-27 22:06

      Good Luck, you've gone far. Aim high, give your best. Fantastic rolemodel.

  • Michael - 2011-10-27 14:49


      ttshabalala - 2011-10-27 17:05

      She will gather enough experience with time. The only thing to note is that her value to DA with regards to attracting black voters may not be realised immediately. Lindiwe is a bright young black woman who is from the background which the majority of black voters do not come from (private school education). This, on its own does not make it easy for many black voters to immediately identify with her as they see her as far removed from their experiences and realities. However, in the long run we may see a different picture. Most young black children (who are teenagers now and not yet of the voting age) are today enjoying the same kind of exposure that Lindiwe was fortunate enough to get ahead of her peers. These are the black people that Lindiwe will have the ability to influence. My teenage son belongs in this generation and I have come to terms with the fact that the day he's of voting age, he will see things differently (rightfully so). When he puts that cross on the ballot paper, it will not be based on emotions, like mine is (+ those of many black voters today who still vividly remember where we come from in this country as a black nation). This is the generation that will be influenced by Lindiwe and only then, her value to the DA will be derived. South Africa will one day be a united nation and I strongly believe that people like Lindiwe will be instrumental in bringining about that change.

      Sharon - 2011-10-27 22:34

      She is an amazing young lady with a great future ahead of her - I have great admiration for her. I wonder if Julius will have a debate with her now??

      Phuti - 2011-10-28 01:30

      She can't speak vernacular well;I wonder if she can crack it in my area,Township.

  • lincoln.jacobs - 2011-10-27 14:54

    No mention of the voters...typical politician

      Sithando - 2011-10-27 15:00

      It happens when fronting is played so openly.

      Marion - 2011-10-27 15:16

      @lincoln.jacobs - Her full speech on the DA page contains this wording: "I am incredibly excited about the future of South Africa and the role that the Democratic Alliance will play in ensuring that every citizen is given a chance to lead a life they value. I will do everything in my power to grow the DA as we head towards the 2014 election. If that is not mentioning the voters, i.e. ALL citizens, what is? @Sithando... she doesn't need to engage in fronting... she is a highly capable young women who has even been congratulated, sincerely, by ANC supporters.

      Bosman - 2011-10-27 15:23

      Sithando..What a sad person you are. a very competent black woman goes to the top with hard work and determination and you call it fronting. Grow up

  • erno.v.dyk - 2011-10-27 14:56

    Congratulations! The hard work starts now! We know you will do it with distinction!

  • Kgopotso - 2011-10-27 14:58

    I wonder!!!!!

      Barbara - 2011-10-27 15:07

      What about giving somebody a break for a change! She's got it, you slammed her. She didn't get it, you would have slammed the other guy.

      ZuguZugu - 2011-10-27 15:24

      you mean you look like stevie wonder in your pic bra???

      ZuguZugu - 2011-10-27 15:51

      brother no harm intended hahaha

      Kgopotso - 2011-10-27 15:52

      @Barbara..I never slammed her..I was just saying I wonder..A lot of things makes me wonder..Am I not supposed to wonder??@Zuguzugu..You discriminating against da blind??LOL

  • Levett - 2011-10-27 15:03

    I would also feel 'honoured' if I was under qualified for my job

      Marion - 2011-10-27 15:20

      @Levett... and what makes you think you aren't under-qualified for your job? Give the woman a chance to prove what she's made of before you start zapping her.

      Mzamo - 2011-10-27 15:35

      If you listened to SA FM about 2 or 3 weeks ago, Mr Trollip made it clear that Mazibuko has higher educational qualifications than him (Trollip) but he has more experience than her!! So she is not under-qualified. Probably you can say she is less experienced (than Trollip).

      Right - 2011-10-27 16:25


      Levett - 2011-10-27 16:49

      @Marion: Because I'm an engineering graduate doing engineering work. Not an artist trying to be a politician

  • Eric - 2011-10-27 15:22

    BIG UPS TO LINDIWE!!!! Soo happy for u.

  • Thulisa - 2011-10-27 15:44

    I think it's great that she won this position, she's young, fresh and vibey. She is an Inspiration to the young women of all race, our youth needs some motivation and this lady has done exactly that!!!!

      mabeeden - 2011-10-27 22:38

      Could not agree more Thulisa. I am so excited to see someone of her calibre, youth and ability get to where she has by her ability. Its a pitty that some rather childish people pass rude comments about her person, as if they are perfect in every way. I also note that many (not all) "bruthers" knock and insult her when they should be congradulating a fellow Soth African.

  • Alva - 2011-10-27 15:56

    Well done Lindiwe! You will make us proud!

  • Vernon - 2011-10-27 16:03

    A vote of confidence in a brilliant Young South African woman. Your hard work and dedication to your country is a role model for all our youth. Extremely proud to call you Leader.

  • Hennie - 2011-10-27 16:12

    Great - short term for DA, but.....mark my words, like so many others before her, when it gets too hot in the kitchen, she'll do the short walk over to the cosy ANC benches.

      Markus - 2011-10-27 20:08

      I seriously doubt that, Hennie. She has too strong moral principles to stand for the corruption in the ruling party.

  • Garreth - 2011-10-27 16:28

    It's by time. The DA should get more people of color in the top if they want the black vote. All the best Lindiwe. Go girl.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-27 17:17

      I think you hope in vein(for now) for a sudden influx of black votes. I have just listen to a political annalist( can't recall his name now/Indian guy with longish grey hair) on E-TV and he recons the people make a mistake to think that it is the reason why she was voted in. He said that a couple of black votes will walk over, but on the long term it will be better for the party. The young ideas with young people following her and my personal thought that a lot of young people, mostly black educated and hard working youngsters, are increasing and they need a place to belong. They do not want to follow what there parents followed and are living in a new world. Remember this happened in the apartheid times as well. My age group started to questioning things and challenging the older generation. We challenged all the nonsense they(our parents) were fed and the pressure helped to end apartheid. May be politics start maturing and for a bigger becoming part it start moving away from race and more to the same belief how we must solve our problems. Even that they can still disagree on the certain things. Interesting times. We have groups that are marching today with some valid points, that gets twisted for them and according to me, get exploited for certain gain. Than we have a group that just want to build a stabilize future, knowing there are still big problems, but see building and crossing across race as a better starting point to equip them to tackle those issues.

      Jeffrey - 2011-10-27 19:58

      @DuToitCoetzee, His name is Adam Habib, and he is not of Indian descent, his surname originates in the Middle East.

  • Vuyo - 2011-10-27 16:36

    She is a beautiful, eloquent, and highly intelligent young woman – I’ve heard her on the radio just before the previous elections. She may not be experienced as a Parliamentary Leader but I have no doubt that she will succeed in whatever she tackles in the political arena because she has the support of the DA Leadership. With Helen Zille as a role model, I for one am looking forward to the role Lindiwe will play in our political future. She won this position through a thoroughly transparent and democratic process. Well done Lindiwe – you make us proud!

      Phuti - 2011-10-28 01:44

      She is fat&has a big forehead.she is ok but beautiful naah unless if ur standards r low.

  • ElKapino - 2011-10-27 16:47

    Bosman - October 27, 2011 at 15:23 Report comment @ BOSMAN "Sithando..What a sad person you are. a very competent black woman goes to the top with hard work and determination and you call it fronting. Grow up......."- IS SHE COMPETENT BECAUSE SHE ALIGNED HERSELF WITH da. MIND TO COMPARE HER WITH A COMPETENT BLACK LADY IN ANC...THAT U CAN THINK OF

  • Wayne - 2011-10-27 18:54

    Congratualtions Lindiwe... and strength to the DA for ALL! Do not be intimidated by your detractors for it is merely a knee jerk reaction to their personal intimidation... You Rock !!!

  • kay.vermeulen - 2011-10-27 19:24

    So happy to have such a pleasant "tea girl" representing her madam in parliament! You go girl!!!

  • Jeanne - 2011-10-27 20:54

    hahaha and look at all the white males taking the other positions. LOL. This really is black curtains to hide all the white guys in the room. Who are they trying to kid?

  • Andrew - 2011-10-27 21:09

    She is one of the new generation coming through. She is bright, has energy and a desire to succeed and she is supported by some wise heads. She is also just about young enough to identify with the new generation coming through now and who are more politically aware than we were at that age. As ttshabalala says, there is a different genre coming through, not the lost generation (a result of the last crew). You go girl.

  • manqoba.heromen - 2011-10-27 21:23

    ah it is just a strategy of DA to attract more black people in their organization , they are using this gal can't she see that.

  • Siyabonga - 2011-10-28 06:00

    Well done David for a brilliant campaign for Lindiwe. Sandy, SO glad to see you rise through the ranks as well...always knew you would! Very excited to see a new dawn for the DA!

  • nzuzomshazie - 2011-10-31 19:24

    Watch out for this space...she's come verrrrrry hard!

  • Anthony - 2011-10-31 22:08

    Brave and commendable at the least. South Africa needs the touch of a respected female leader. As for experience.. rofl, didnt know that was a requirement.. 1 WORD, ZUMA!

  • Gwen - 2011-11-02 07:35

    I need a Break!! Why do they keep on talking about it? I also wondered why. Just like you, I was also puzzled every time they try to conceal it when they include it in the topic. All I know, This is the place for Travel insu ... Just do a G00GLE search for “TravelSureRevy” and click the first site that comes up.

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