Mazibuko says she's a role model

2012-02-06 22:22

Cape Town - Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko responded to the party's leadership polemics on Monday by saying she had become a role model for young girls of all races.

"The demographic of young people I get stopped by in the street - most are teenage and pre-teen girls of all races who ask me which subjects they should take in high school to become an MP, and who say they think it is so exciting that I'm a Member of Parliament and that my hair looks great," she told the Cape Town Press Club.

Mazibuko said she had not played "the race card" in her acrimonious campaign for the parliamentary leadership, but believed it had been useful that she was adding to diversity at the top structure of the DA.

"Young people, in particular, are interested in the future of this party and identify with and admire members of its leadership in a way that they would not ordinarily have five or 10 years ago."

She said black voters were increasingly finding "ideological resonance" with the DA and she believed that within the next two elections the party would see a dramatic change in its support base.

"Adding to our diversity is a challenge. The way we engage with race in the DA is a something we have to grapple with all the time.

"I am quite confident that it is a challenge with which we are dealing with, with an enormous amount of speed."

Mazibuko declined to comment directly on the race row surrounding her election that saw MP Masizole Mnqasela warn that it was mere window-dressing that would not fool black voters.

Party leader Helen Zille termed his remarks reminiscent of the architect of apartheid, Hendrik Verwoerd, and he now faces disciplinary charges for bringing the party into disrepute.

The DA captured 16.7% of the vote in national elections in 2009. In local government elections in 2011, it won 24% of votes countrywide.

Some analysts said the party had cracked the so-called "white ceiling", but others pointed out that it had increased its vote share mainly by taking support from smaller parties rather than the ANC.

Mazibuko easily defeated Athol Trollip in the parliamentary leadership election in October to become the first black person to hold the post.

  • Irene - 2012-02-06 22:26

    Without a doubt Lindiwe - you are an aspiration to all young girls. Such a pity there aren't more like you around.

      FlowingRivers - 2012-02-07 10:37

      SHE IS A REALLY BIG ROLE MODEL.....................!

  • Max - 2012-02-07 05:24

    You are a bit more than a role model for young girls, you are actually one of the last glimmers of hope left for a better life for all the people of this country.

  • Compos - 2012-02-07 05:48

    tsk... don't brag Lindiwe. Let other people sing your praises. You are not a role model yet.

      joshua.hlungwani - 2012-03-16 09:12

      I support you role models are know they need not to tell us .

  • werner.smidt - 2012-02-07 06:14

    Sy . . sy is 'n rolmodel.

  • John - 2012-02-07 07:31

    sounds like a Comrade speaking... You are a political pawn for the DA. Shame the DA had to use such a nice girl for more black votes.

      Marion - 2012-02-07 09:28

      @John - Shame that you cannot credit Lindiwe with enough intelligence to a) hold down a position of power in politics even at such a young age b) to decide for herself which idealogies she supports and not follow the flock of sheep. Your comment, in my opinion, is totally sexist and even underlying racist remark even though you obviously don't realise it.

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-02-07 07:33

    What? You kidding right?

  • ammpike - 2012-02-07 08:28

    Madam Zille tea girl role model?WoW go on a damn! diet for starters then fix your accent and stop worship whites so much

      malcolm.molver - 2012-02-07 08:37

      How about you get a life? If you don't have anything better to say, then shut your racist mouth

      Zion - 2012-02-07 08:53

      At least her intelligence beats that of the Malemas of this world exponentially and she is also so much more attractive than our overweight, zomboid friend.

      Brett - 2012-02-07 08:56

      You should really learn basic English before posting comments on this forum.

      Marion - 2012-02-07 09:30

      @ammpike - you obviously like to be derogatory. Her weight has got nothing to do with her ability. Her accent has nothing to do with anything as more and more blacks are being educated in private schools and have similar accents. Worshiping whites is a far cry from finding a political home that you believe reflects your own idealogies. Calling her a tea girl shows just how low you can go.

      PB - 2012-02-07 09:42

      shame, as they say, jealousy makes you nasty. 1. As far as Lindiwe needing a diet - she needs to look at it for the sake of her health. We need her to be around for a long long time and being that overweight is not healthy. 2. 99% of educated, intelligent people in the world of all races speak the way Lindiwe does - she doesn't stutter "eh, eh to-to-to, I mean, eh, eh " like most of the anc idiots in parlament trying to make a statement. She also doesn't try and impress by using a couple of non-sensical Big Words to make her sound educated (something your heroes do all the time). 3. Most of all, accusing any person of colour wanting a better life for herself and everyone else as worshiping whites is just schoolboy bully tactics - grow up.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-07 12:40

      @PB could not agree more esp first point

  • Lazlo - 2012-02-07 10:34

    She needs to eat less...

      Nhlanhla - 2012-03-16 09:47

      u mad shez just fine

  • Mike - 2012-02-07 11:50

    No politician is a role model.

  • Nhlanhla - 2012-03-16 09:36

    i am not a DA supportter but i'm so inspired by her

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