Lindiwe Mazibuko is one of the youngest South African politicians to have been a Member of Parliament. She was born on the 9th of April 1980 and was elected the DA parliamentary leader on the 27th of October 2011.
Mazibuko is also a media personality, a writer, a mentor and was the first black woman in South African history to be elected leader of the Opposition in Parliament. In 2014 she resigned from her position to study at Harvard University.
Lindiwe Mazibuko was born in Swaziland by a mixed race family; her father was a banker and her mother a nurse.
Lindiwe Mazibuka’s political career started when she decided to write her honours dissertation on the DA party, with key focus on “Helen Zille”. During the process, Mazibuka spent most of her days researching on Zille; her leadership and tenure as Mayor of Cape Town.
Mazibuka’s research created a bond between her and the DA party, as the ideologies and political vision of the party for South Africa were in-line with hers. She eventually took a position as the DA’s party media liaison officer in Parliament.
Mazibuka further became the DA’s National Spokesperson. In the 2009 general elections, she contested as a parliamentary candidate for the DA; which she came out third and earned a seat in parliament.
Mazibuka’s exit of the party has been said to be linked with some conflict between her and Helen Zille.
During her term in office, Mazibuko successfully held the ruling African National Congress (ANC) accountable for its record in national government by bringing issues as diverse as clean government, youth unemployment, LGBTI rights, constitutionalism and gender equality to the floor of the Assembly.
She was also the first political leader to bring national attention to allegations that the South African president had misappropriated public funds for personal use. She successfully prosecuted a Constitutional Court case against the Speaker of the National Assembly, vindicating the right of all Members of Parliament to move a motion of no confidence in the President of the Republic. This precedent was instrumental in enabling successive opposition leaders to engage in effective parliamentary oversight over the South African Presidency.