“MP Corner” Blog Posts

MP Corner

How well do you know your MPs? MP Corner features blog entries from your favourite MPs who have agreed to "get personal". Find out how they got into politics and what their message is for you.

Derrick America (DA)

April 25, 2017 (1 day, 7 hours ago) — Comments

Derrick America

What is your political background? My political awareness started in 1976 when I was in high school. We decided to raise awareness about the student action in Soweto. As we sought permission to go to class to organise a mass meeting we were chastised and thrown out of the principal ...

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Dumisani Livingstone Ximbi (ANC)

March 28, 2017 (4 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you become involved in politics and in particular what drew you to your specific party? I initially started working with the Transkei Defence Force where the then military council had been in support of the ANC. In 1993 General Bantu Holomisa joined the ...

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Mr Seiso Mohai (ANC)

March 20, 2017 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

Seiso Mohai

What is your political background? My political awakening started in the early 80’s when I was in secondary school. Teachers affiliated with underground ANC structures mobilised us into the Young Christian Movement (YCM) of Botshabelo in Bloemfontein in 1979. In 1983 when the United Democratic Front (UDF) was established ...

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Mr Sam Matiase (EFF)

March 3, 2017 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

Sam Matiase

What is your political background? My political awareness and activism started around 1988 in Bloemfontein at Botshabelo as a student activist in the Botshabelo Students Congress (BOSCO). BOSCO later became an affiliate of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS). In 1989 I joined the Botshabelo Youth Congress (BOYCO) which ...

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Ms Hlomela Bucwa (DA)

Feb. 24, 2017 (2 months ago) — Comments

Ms Hlomela Bucwa

What is your political background? If one shares the definition that politics is the governance of people then allow me to say that this started at a very young age. I always questioned the status quo and why society functioned the way it did. I became actively involved in politics ...

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Ms Tandeka Gqada (DA)

Feb. 16, 2017 (2 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

Tandenka Gqada

What is your political background? My political interest started in 2010 when I watched the debates in Parliament and I was still in the private sector at the time. I then came across Mr Masizole Mnqasela, a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature at an opening of a Nedbank ...

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Brandon Topham (DA)

Feb. 13, 2017 (2 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

brandon

What is your political background?

My political activism when I was sixteen in 1986 when I got exposed to the inequalities of Apartheid against people. Then when I entered university I worked three jobs just to get away from having to enlist as a white South African. As a liberal ...

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Ms Connie September (ANC)

Feb. 10, 2017 (2 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

C September

What is your political background? How did you become involved in politics and what drew you to your political party? The situation in the country and in ones surroundings, where you stayed, dictated that one needed to get involved in organisations. Mine goes way back to the 80s to community ...

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Mr Zondi Silence Makhubele (ANC)

Feb. 10, 2017 (2 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

Zondi Makhubele

WHAT IS YOUR POLITICAL BACKGROUND? HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND WHAT IN PARTICULAR DREW YOU TO YOUR SPECIFIC PARTY?

I became a bit politically aware round about ’82, ’83 when I went to high school. Of course even in primary school issues were there but in the ...

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Santosh Kalyan

Feb. 10, 2017 (2 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

What is your political background? I was studying at the University of Durban Westville at the time of the 1976 uprising. I was inspired to become involved in student politics at that time.

While serving my internship as a psychologist at UKZN, I became involved in lunch time discussions with ...

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