“MP Corner”

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.

Get To Know Anna Maria (Marina) Van Zyl

27 Sep 2022 (1 day, 5 hours ago)

1. How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

In 2010 I joined the Democratic Alliance upon return from the United Kingdom where I worked for 5 years. I decided that I wanted to be an active citizen and the Democratic Alliance really is the ...

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Get To Know Alvin Botes

26 Sep 2022 (2 days, 12 hours ago)

1. How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

My grandfather was a farm-worker, and upon reaching old age, he together with my grandmother and ten children was forcibly removed from the farm; after he dedicated his entire life to the farm-owner. This informed my ...

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Get To Know Wayne Thring

1 Aug 2022 (1 month, 4 weeks ago)

1. How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

During the early 1980’s I served as a youth leader for the UDF in Newlands East, Durban. I came to know Christ as my personal Saviour in 1984 and ceased all political activities, giving my available ...

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Get To Know Noko Masipa

19 Jul 2022 (2 months, 1 week ago)

1. How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

I joined the Democratic Alliance through a recommendation that was made to the Leader of the Party at the time from certain members of the agricultural sector because of my background knowledge of working in agriculture. ...

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Get To Know Luyolo Mphithi

19 Jul 2022 (2 months, 1 week ago)

1. How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

I joined the Democratic Alliance as a student leader at Wits University leading the DASO branch at the time simultaneously I was part of the DA’s young leaders program in which I learnt extensively about the ...

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Get To Know MP Haseenabanu Ismail

5 Jul 2022 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

1.How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

I have been a community activist for years. I joined the Democratic Alliance in 2011. I was a branch chair for Ward 29 from 2011 to 2013. In September 2013 I served as PR Cllr in Ward ...

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Get To Know MP Brett Herron

4 Jul 2022 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

1.How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

My journey back into politics, after being involved in student politics, is unexpected. After finishing university, which coincided with the release of Madiba and the unbanning of the ANC, I had little involvement in party politics and ...

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Get To Know Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi

1 Jul 2022 (2 months, 4 weeks ago)

1. How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

When the Clarion call was made and the decision was taken to form Economic Freedom Fighters in Uncle Tom Hall in Soweto on July 26, 2013.

2. What is one goal that you would like to ...

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Get To Know Dianne Kohler Barnard

29 Jun 2022 (3 months ago)

1. How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

I was a journalist, and the-then leader of the Democratic Alliance, Tony Leon, approached me and convinced me to go through the application process. I was looking to leave the SABC as the political pressures on ...

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Get To Know MP Vuyo Zungula

27 Jun 2022 (3 months ago)

1. How did you come to join your political party and become an MP?

Upon seeing the ailing state of politics in the country, where politicians started becoming more self-serving than serving the constituency that put them in offices of power, a number of institutions ranging from religious fraternities, traditional ...

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