Mr Ashor Sarupen

National Assembly

Formerly: Gauteng Provincial Legislature

Ashor Sarupen

About Ashor Sarupen

Ashor Sarupen is the Deputy Chairperson of the DA Federal Council

Ashor Sarupen attend Wits University where he completed his Bachelor of Science, before entering politics as a research analyst for the DA in Gauteng.

He subsequently acquired a BSC Honours (Wits), MBA (Wits) and is completing a MPhil in Corporate Strategy at GIBS. He also studied corporate finance in the USA. His MBA research focused on Business Models for the Internet of Things, and he continues to engage in research on how technology affects commerce and the economy.

Ashor joined the DA in 2006 at the age of 17 in his hometown of Springs, Gauteng, where he served as the constituency chairperson and local campaign manager.

He was elected to the Ekurhuleni Metropolitian Council in 2011 as the DA’s second ranked candidate and served as the Chief Whip of the Official Opposition in the Council at the age of 22. He served on the councils. Rules, Ethics and Public Accounts committees. In 2014 he was appointed as an election strategist for the DA’s Gauteng election campaign, which saw the DA get its best ever result in the election, and get within 3% of unseating the ANC.

He then served as a Member of the Gauteng Legislature between 2014 and 2019, representing the DA on the Finance, Economic Development, Social Development and Education committees.

In 2016, Ashor spearheaded the DA’s campaign effort in the Ekurhuleni Metro that successfully brough the ANC under 50% of the vote share.

Since 2019, he has served as a Member of Parliament and the DA’s Shadow Minister on the Appropriations Committee (which deals with the national budget). In October 2019, Helen Zille appointed him Chief of Staff and subsequently as her Parliamentary Counsel. In 2020, he was elected into the DA’s national leadership as the Deputy Chairperson of the Federal Council.

Source: Democratic Alliance

2021 committee attendance as mp

74% attendance rate

Attended 23 meetings out of 31

2020 committee attendance as mp

67% attendance rate

Attended 36 meetings out of 54

2019 committee attendance as mp

78% attendance rate

Attended 29 meetings out of 37

Attendance Methodology

Recent meetings attended

All meetings attended

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Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2019 [Source]


Nature Name of Company Number of Shares Nominal Value
Retirement Annuity Liberty Life RA R2 500.00 p.m N/A
Retirement Annuity Sanlam RA R1 100.00 p.m N/A


Type of Business Activity Directorship/Partnership in any Corporate Body
Corporate Communications (Dormant) Heliosphere Pty Ltd
Dormant AM Zeus Pty Ltd


Description of Property Location – Area Extent of the Property
Apartment Germiston 82m²

Committee appearances

  • Second Special Appropriation Bill: adoption 21 Sep 2021

    Mr A Sarupen (DA) expressed the objection of the DA.
  • Second Special Appropriation Bill: DTIC briefing 15 Sep 2021

    Mr A Sarupen (DA) asked dtic about double dipping for support, for example claiming from Sasria and other sources. He had heard about it happening. What was dtic doing to monitor such activities? He was particularly concerned about micro-survivalist enterprises where the owner was registered as the tax entity and ...
  • Second Special Appropriation Bill: Department of Social Development briefing 14 Sep 2021

    Mr A Sarupen (DA) stated that people who were not entitled to the grants had been able to get through the vetting system. How had that happened? How had civil servants and people in full-time employment obtained grants? What measures were in place to recover those monies? Perhaps DSD could ...
  • Second Special Appropriation Bill: SASRIA SOC Ltd briefing. 8 Sep 2021

    Mr A Sarupen (DA) apologised for not having his camera on due to bandwidth challenges. He thanked SASRIA for running well, being financially prudent for many years and not requiring a bailout as a consequence of mismanagement, as is the case with many state-owned entities (SOEs). SASRIA has done well, ...
  • Second Special Appropriation Bill: PBO briefing 7 Sep 2021

    Mr A Sarupen (DA) noted the warning on the possibility of recurring social unrest in South Africa. However, the PBO’s mandate was limited to reviewing the budget and making recommendations around fiscal policies and proposed changes, and did not cover broader economic policy. It was important that economic policy decisions ...

All Committee Appearances


  • Questions asked to the Minister of Finance 28 Sep 2021

    What (a) number of employees of (i) the National Treasury and (ii) any of the entities reporting to him who are on level 11 salary scale and above have been suspended with full pay (aa) in the 2020-21 financial year and (bb) during the period 1 April 2021 up to ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Finance 27 Sep 2021

    (1)Which (a) months and (b) years did a certain organisation (name and details furnished) begin to default on the pay-as-you-earn payments of its employees; (2) whether there is a payment arrangement in place; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs 22 Jul 2021

    (1)What are the causes and/or reasons for the prolonged closure of the waste disposal sites in Springs, Ekurhuleni; (2) whether the employees and/or contractors are still being paid despite the prolonged closure; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) (a) ...

All Questions and Answers

Plenary appearances


    House Chair, I think this fiscal framework is a very sobering assessment because it demonstrates that the ANC has completely given up on fiscal responsibility and that they happily want to lead South Africa down the fiscal abyss. And I have a lot of sympathy for the Finance Minister because ...

  • WEDNESDAY, 4 DECEMBER 2019 4 Dec 2019

    Chair, the budget in terms of the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement and Adjustments Appropriation Bill is not pro poor. It is pro poverty. Anyone who disagrees with this statement is a denialist of note.

    I'm glad that my committee chair, the hon Buthelezi, agrees that government must create an enabling ...

All Plenary Appearances