“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.

Ms D Carter (COPE)

Feb. 19, 2018 (9 months, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I have always had an interest in civic and other matters affecting our country. Prior to the establishment of COPE, I, along with many South Africans, grew concerned at the rise of corrupt and unethical conduct by public officials and public office bearers and the ...

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Mr Phillip Mhlongo (EFF)

Feb. 12, 2018 (10 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I grew up in a Christian family. The brutal killing of my father by right-wingers in Johannesburg where he was running a very lucrative business in Braamfontein, motivated me to join politics. Life became very difficult after the passing of my father. The story of ...

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Mr Gijimani Skosana (ANC)

Feb. 1, 2018 (10 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I always had a love for politics, especially when I was in secondary school where I was involved in debates, following parliamentary discussions through television, reading newspapers and following the news through the radio. I think that is how my interest started. I became even ...

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Mr Dean Macpherson

Jan. 29, 2018 (10 months, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? My father was a councillor in Durban from the early 1990’s until 2009. This started my interest in politics as we would often have discussions about South Africa, the political landscape and what my responsibilities as a citizen were. I was probably only 10 ...

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Tshoganetso Tongwane (ANC)

Jan. 23, 2018 (10 months, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and became an MP? I was brought up by a politically active grandmother and also spent time in the company of the Makoke family. Mr Makoke was an agent of the ANC movement that assisted comrades ...

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Mr Nazier Paulsen (EFF)

Jan. 15, 2018 (10 months, 4 weeks ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? My dear late mother and my older sister Marlene were both struggle activists. So I was exposed to solid community activism all the time. What were very evident were the compassion and ...

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Dr Zukile Luyenge (ANC)

Dec. 13, 2017 (12 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? My political activism originates from social cohesion as a practical thing. At around 13 years old I established a soccer team in the Libode rural area near Mthatha, Eastern Cape in 1978 ...

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Ms Ntombovuyo Mente (EFF)

Dec. 4, 2017 (1 year ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? I am from Cofimvaba where I read for my basic education. During my high school there had been an incident at my school involving a teacher and a student. We had been ...

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Dr Malcolm Figg (DA)

Nov. 27, 2017 (1 year ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I started political activism and became thoroughly involved in 2010 when I attended meetings and other DA events in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth. In 2013 I decided to be more hands on in terms of political matters of the DA when I completed ...

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Liezl van der Merwe (IFP)

Nov. 13, 2017 (1 year ago) — Comments

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What is your political background and what attracted you to your political party? From age 10, I took a keen interest in politics. During the 80s, at the height of South Africa’s struggle against apartheid, I read everything I could find about the leaders of our struggle. It was ...

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