Liezl Linda van der Merwe

National Assembly

Liezl Linda van der Merwe

About Liezl Linda van der Merwe

Ms Liezl Linda van der Merwe was first elected to serve as a Member of Parliament in May of 2012 at the age of 33. During the past seven years, van der Merwe has served on a number of portfolio committees including Communications, Social Development and Women in the Presidency, amongst others. Born on 1 October 1980, in Goodwood in the Western Cape, van der Merwe attended Panorama Primary School and Paarl Gymnasium High School. It is at school, where her interest in history and politics developed. Ms van der Merwe holds a Diploma in Journalism and is currently furthering her studies in politics and public service and administration. Ms van der Merwe, first joined the IFP in 2006 upon her return from London where she worked for UK broadcaster ITV. Prior to this, she worked for online news publications. In the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), van der Merwe serves a member of the IFP’s National Council – the IFP’s highest decision making body in-between conferences - and as the Director of Communications. Van der Merwe regards herself as an activist for the rights of women and children and as a strong advocate and believer in servant leadership.

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Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2018 [Source]

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

Nature Name of Company No Nominal Value
Family Trust Van Der Merwe Family Trust 33% -

LAND AND PROPERTY

Location Extent Description
Rooi Els 2800m2 Vacant Land
Sutherland 4000m2 Dwelling

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2017 [Source]

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

No Name of Company Nature
33% PZ Van Der Merwe Family Trust Discretionary

TRAVEL

Description Sponsor
Study Tour to Germany (March) KAS
Study Tour to Taiwan (September) Taiwan
Study tour to Ivory Coast KAS

GIFTS AND HOSPITALITY

Source Description Value
Taiwanese Representatives to South Africa Vivo Smart HR Garmin R2800

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Extent Location
Land 2800sq.m Rooi els , Cape Town
Land 757sq.m Kuilsriver, Cape Town

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2016 [Source]

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

Name of Company Nature
P2 Van der Merwe Trust Family Trust

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Location
Apartment Cape Town
Vacant land Rooi Els
Vacant land Kuilsrivier

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2015 [Source]

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

Name of Company Nature
Van der Merwe Trust Family Trust

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Extent Location
Vacant land 1 040sq.m. Rooi Els
Vacant land 757sq.m. Kuilsrivier

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2014 [Source]

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

Name of Company Nature
PZ van der Merwe Tust Trust

DIRECTORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIPS

Directorship/Partnership Type of Business
South African Strategic Consultancy

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Extent Location
Plot 1 240sq.m. Rooi Els
Plot 757sq.m. Kuilsrivier

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2013 [Source]

DIRECTORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIPS

Directorship/Partnership Type of Business
South African Strategic [Partnership]

CONSULTANCIES OR RETAINERSHIPS

Name Value Activity
South African Strategic Not more than R5 000pm Consultancy

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Extent Location
Plot 1 840sq.m. Rooi Els
Plot 757sq.m. Kuilsrivier

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2012 [Source]

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Extent Location
Plot 757sq.m. Kuilsrivier

Committee appearances

  • State of provinces 2018/2019: North West, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal 10 Sep 2019

    Ms L van der Merwe (IFP) welcomed presentations. On KNZ’s performance, she remarked that offices of the Department were found in dangerous areas and some were not suitable to serve people and felt that the issue of connectivity could not have been a problem. There was a high vacancy ...
  • Department of Home Affairs Quarter 1 performance 20 Aug 2019

    Ms L Van der Merwe (IFP) also appreciated the presence of both the Minister and Deputy Minister at the meeting. She asked about the 261 vacancies that the DHA had at level 7 which National Treasury had referred to. Due to the budgetary constraints of the DHA, National Treasury said ...
  • Sex Work 25 Jul 2019

    Ms L van der Merwe (IFP) noted that they must keep up the work that was done by the Fifth Parliament such as on sanitary pads and the fact that they managed to drive issues such as gender-based violence which eventually led to the Presidential Summit. On sex work, they ...
  • Election of Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Steering Committee 12 Jul 2019

    Ms L van der Merwe (IFP) seconded the nomination.
  • Social Development Budget: Committee Report 10 Jul 2019

    Ms L van der Merwe (IFP) said going to the houses of grant recipients would be a huge task for the Committee. It should conduct proper investigations to establish why the recommendations had not been implemented. Were SASSA and SAPO staff performing their obligations? The Committee should engage SASSA and ...

All Committee Appearances

Questions

  • Questions asked to the Minister of Social Development 3 Sep 2019

    (1)With regard to the announcement by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, that her department will receive R50 million from the Criminal Assets Recovery Account to strengthen civil society organisations working in the victim empowerment field, (a) which civil society organisations have been earmarked for the specified funding and ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Social Development 3 Sep 2019

    What (a) is the current total number of unemployed social work graduates nationally and (b) plans are in place to ensure that the social work graduates are employed without further delay?
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Police 8 Aug 2019

    What is the status of the investigation by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation into the increase in the number of cases of alleged fraud and corruption that were reported by pensioners and recipients of the SA Social Security Agency grants over the past 12 months?

All Questions and Answers

Plenary appearances

  • Appropriation Bill 16 Jul 2014

    Hon Chairperson, hon Minister, hon chairperson of our committee, MPs, our guests in the gallery, you are all greeted.

    Let me also take this opportunity on behalf of the IFP to convey our condolences to the ANC on the passing of the Deputy Chairperson of the ANC Women's League ...

  • Women Empowerment And Gender Equality Bill (Second Reading Debate) 4 Mar 2014

    Deputy Speaker, on a point of order: What the member is saying is not correct. In fact, throughout the committee process I made submissions and I articulated our concerns. So, what she is now saying is not the truth.

All Plenary Appearances