“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.

Mr Shahid Esau (DA)

Jan. 13, 2017 (1 week, 1 day ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I went to a high school that was very politically inclined and I was heavily involved in political debates and community youth movements to fight the apartheid regime. I then left the country to study abroad in Saudi Arabia where there were also anti-apartheid movements ...

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Ms Sheilla Tembalam Xego (ANC)

Jan. 11, 2017 (1 week, 3 days ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? My interest in politics started way back in 1976 and 1977 when I was young and still attending teaching college. I started teaching in 1980 and then joined a teacher union. As a unionist I became actively involved in politics. From 2000 to 2006 I ...

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Mr Manuel De Freitas (DA)

Dec. 12, 2016 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I have been involved in politics for over 20 years. I got involved as a volunteer for the Democratic Party (DP) leading up to the 1994 elections. In 1995 when the first democratic local government elections were to take place, the DP branch I belonged ...

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Mr Tekoetsile Motlashuping (ANC)

Nov. 28, 2016 (1 month, 3 weeks 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 joined the African National Congress (ANC) through the United Democratic Front (UDF) in 1983. At the time I was involved in the National Education Coordinating Committee (NECC ...

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Mr Xitlhangoma Mabasa (ANC)

Nov. 14, 2016 (2 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

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How did you get involved in politics and what attracted you to your political party? My involvement in politics started when I was an employee at the then Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and the segregation of black people prompted me to take a stand against the system, as ...

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Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa (UDM)

Nov. 7, 2016 (2 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I was born and bred in the Eastern Cape and I grew up in a politically inclined family as my maternal grandfather was a political activist. I was formerly a member of the African National Congress (ANC) and participated in South African Student Congress (SASCO ...

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Mr Henro Msiza Kruger (DA)

Nov. 2, 2016 (2 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

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How did you get involved in politics and what attracted you to your political party? I was a business person for most part of my life. I became the president of the Chamber of Commerce in my town, and that is where I met the provincial leader of the DA ...

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Ms Semakaleng Kopane (DA)

Oct. 24, 2016 (2 months, 4 weeks ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I joined the Democratic Alliance (DA) in 2003 and I always had an interest in politics before even joining the DA. I became a DA councillor for Mangaung in 2006. In 2009 I became a Member of Parliament and I was the spokesperson for the ...

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Mr Moses Mhlanga (ANC)

Oct. 17, 2016 (3 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I joined politics formally in 1983 due to the conditions of the time. All black people were compelled in those days to participate in any and all political forums and organisations to liberate ourselves from the exploitation. In 1984 I went into exile were I ...

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Mr William Madisha (COPE)

Oct. 14, 2016 (3 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I grew up in Atteridgeville. I went to the Transvaal College of Education in 1981 and I was in the leadership of the student movement. I became the president of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) for a period of twelve years. I was ...

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