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Below is a list of the DA's Members of Parliament.

The DA Parliamentary Leaders are listed first.

Please click here for a list of Shadow Ministers and Deputy Shadow Ministers by Portfolio.

Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance

Lindiwe first got involved with the DA when she chose Helen Zille as the subject for her honours dissertation. In order to complete her dissertation, she spent some time doing research both into her tenure as Mayor of Cape Town and DA Leader, and into the party’s policies and programmes of action which she discovered were very much in sync with her own ideologies and political vision for this country.

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Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry

After spending 12 years as a Trustee of the New York based Ford Foundation, Dr James entered public life during 2008 and was elected to Parliament on 22 April 2009. His constituency is Mitchells Plain.

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Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance

Watty Watson hails from Kwazulu Natal and matriculated from Port Natal High School in Durban in 1962. He went on to study commerce and management and worked at the maize board until 1965. He then worked for Paragon Business Forms where he progressed from sales representative to sales and marketing manager.

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Deputy Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance

Sandy Kalyan hails from KwaZulu Natal and is married to Jitendra Kalyan and mother to Adhir and Kirthi.


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Shadow Minister of Labour

Sejamothopo Motau, MP, commonly known as Sej, is the DA Shadow Minister of Labour. He was elected to the South African parliament in 2009 from the Gauteng Province.


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Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

David Maynier is a Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans for the Democratic Alliance.  He was born in Cape Town and matriculated from Grey High School in Port Elizabeth in 1986.

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Shadow Minister of SCOPA

Dion was born in Durban and moved to Vanderbijlpark at a young age, where he completed high school. At 17, he went to Wits University and has lived in Johannesburg ever since.

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Shadow Minister of Finance

Tim Harris was born in Cape Town but grew up in Durban where he attended Hilton College.  He completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Literature and Economics, at the University of Cape Town and then an Honours degree in Economics.  After a period working at an investment bank in Johannesburg he returned to Cape Town to complete his Masters in Economics.


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DA Deputy Spokesperson on the Appropriations Committee

Kenneth currently serves the DA as Deputy Spokesperson on the Appropriations Committee. He lives in La Montagne, Pretoria, with his two boys, Kenneth Junior and Tari.


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Shadow Minister of Health

Patricia Kopane MP is the DA's Shadow Minister of Health. She has worked as a professional nurse and has also worked for the Cancer Association of South Africa.

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Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

Dene became South African Parliament's first female whip in 1992 and DP served as DP party chairperson from 1994 to 1997. Dene currently serves the DA as Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development.

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Shadow Minister of Social Development

Mike was born in England and came to South Africa with his parents in 1972, when he was four. He lived in Botswana from 1976 1978 and currently resides in Kempton Park.

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Shadow Minister of Correctional Services

James started working in the PFP research department with iconic figures like Helen Suzman and Colin Eglin late in 1978. He became the Communications Director in 1988, and the Executive Director in 1992. He was one of only three senators elected in the party in 1994. He was elected to the National Assembly in 1999, and has served as chairperson of the DA's Federal Council since 2000.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

Within the DA, Debbie currently serves as Deputy Chairperson of the Regional Executive in the City of Cape Town, is a member of the Provincial Disciplinary Committee and the Registrar of the DA Federal Legal Commission, as well as contributing her time and skills to the Provincial and Federal Councils.


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DA Leader in the NCOP
DA Member of the NCOP for the Eastern Cape

For Elza it is has always been important to put people first - it is part of being a public representative, her duty and the right of the people.


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Shadow Minister of Basic Education

Annette Lovemore MP is the DA's Shadow Minister of Basic Education. She served as a Councillor in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality before being elected to Parliament in 2009.

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Shadow Minister of Human Settlements

Stevens joined the DP in 1999 as a Regional Executive Member, advancing to Branch Chairperson of the CBD branch and later Township Strategy Coordinator Member. His career also afforded Stephens the opportunity to serve as Deputy Caucus Chairperson, Caucus Strategic Member, and Inner Regeneration Spokesperson.

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Shadow Minister of Police

Born in Port Elizabeth, Dianne Kohler Barnard has 23 year’s experience as a radio and print journalist and has travelled the world extensively.  She has lived in both the United States and the United Kingdom, but chose finally to settle back in the land of her birth.

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Shadow Minister of Public Works

Anchen grew up in what used to be the Transvaal, first in the small town of Brits where she attended primary school, and then Voortrekkerhoogte where she matriculated. After a year at Tukkies, she moved to Joburg, where she has lived ever since, and completed her studies at RAU (Rand Afrikaans University).  Her great grandfather Louw Geldenhuys was a city councillor and an MP.

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Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources

In 2003, James entered politics as Tony Leon's Media Director, thereafter progressing to the national media team and as the Media and Research Director for the DA caucus in the Gauteng Legislature.

James currently serves the DA as Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources.

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Shadow Minister of Transport

Ian Ollis was born in East London in 1970 and matriculated at the Cambridge High School. He completed his education through the Baptist Theological College, University of Zululand and his Master of Arts degree at Wits University in Johannesburg.

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Shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

John Steenhuisen MP is the DA's Shadow Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Before moving to Parliament, he was the Leader of the DA in the KwaZulu Natal Legislature.

 


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Shadow Deputy Minister of Co - operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

George was born in Dinokana near Zeerust in 1948. George completed his education at Moruleng High School and then went on to Hebron College of Education to train as a teacher, which he completed in 1978.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Social Development

Emma joined the DA in 2008 and was actively involved in canvassing for Region F and Kempton Park. After being tasked with temporary responsibility for Ward 58 Emma successfully managed 7 stations in that ward during the 2009 elections. Emma is the DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Social Development.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Communications

Butch was elected to the National Assembly in April 2004 and also served as a Democratic Alliance representative in the Gauteng Legislature from 1999 to 2004. He was also the first (and only) Democratic Party councillor in the Western Metropolitan Council of Johannesburg from 1994 to 1995 and later in the South-West Metropolitan Council (Roodepoort) between 1995 and 1999.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Basic Education

Donald started his career in 1976 as a mathematics teacher at the Midlands Secondary School.  He got promoted in 1991 to Headmaster of Rosmead Primary, near Middelburg in the Eastern Cape.

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Shadow Minister of Sport and Recreation

Winston Rabotapi MP is the DA's Shadow Minister of Sport and Recreation. He became a Democratic Party councillor for Brits in the North West Province in 1997, and has twice served as a Deputy Provincial Leader for the party.   

 

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation

Donald Lee hails from the Eastern Cape and was a teacher for 30 years, as well as principal of a school in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth.

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Shadow Minister of State Security

Lennit Max is the former Western Cape`s Provincial Commissioner of
police from 01 Dec 1999 to 31 May2003 and still holding the rank of
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Shadow Minister of Higher Education and Training

Dr Lotriet currently serves the DA as Shadow Minister of Higher Education and Training. Her passion for sport and public service was borne out in her service as President of Free State Aquatics. Her philosophy is to never expect others to do what you are not prepared to do yourself.


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Shadow Deputy Minister of Labour

Andricus vd Westhuizen grew up in Stellenbosch and matriculated from Paul Roos Gymnasium (1976). He completed his B.Com.; Higher Education Diploma, and M.Ed. (Educational Leadership and Management) at the University of Stellenbosch.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Finance

David Ross MP is the DA’s Shadow Deputy Minister of Finance.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration

Deetlefs was born on 6 March 1958 in Wocester, in the Western Cape  to Protestant parents in an institution run by the Catholic church. He grew up on a wine farm in Rawsonvile/Goudini.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Health

Denise has lived in Durbanville, Cape Town, for many years with her husband, son and daughter.  She grew up in Queenstown and matriculated at the Girls High School. She studied at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and history and with a University Education Diploma.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Public Works

Mpowele Swathe was born in Mokopane, Limpopo Province, in 1970 - the sixth child of Ms Mongwadi Swathe. He married Tebogo in 2007, and they have two children and live in Masodi Village, Mokopane.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Home Affairs

Masizole was born in Tsolo near Umtata and matriculated from Chris Hani High School at Makhaza, Khayelitsha.


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DA Member of the NCOP for Kwazulu Natal

During his political career, Alf has forged strong working relationships with organisations such as the Ratepayers Association, the Chamber of Business, various Farmers' Associations and Hospice. One of Alf's key strengths is an ability to work and empathise with his diverse constituents, building trust particularly with commercial farmers and people in rural areas.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture

Ena serves the DA as the Shadow Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture. Ena is a committed family person, who also enjoys sport, classical music and closeness to nature, embodied in the peaceful way of life of the Karoo.


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Shadow Deputy Minister of Economic Development

Born in Berlin, West Germany, Greg Krumbock came to South Africa and completed his schooling in Cape Town. He went on to graduate from UCT with a B Com. Greg served in the Financial Services Corps of the SANDF where he obtained rank of lieutenant.

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Shadow Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities

Helen was born in the Eastern Cape, the fourth daughter and one of ten children of a well-known business couple in Humansdorp.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources

Hendrik was born in Klerksdorp in 1963. He attended schools in Durban, Welkom and Virginia.

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DA Member of the NCOP for North West

In 2009 Herman became a member of Parliament in the NCOP (National Council of Provinces) he was appointed to serve in Public services as well as Public Enterprises Cluster Portfolios.


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DA Member of the NCOP for the Western Cape

Jac Bekker MP is a DA Member of the National Council of Provinces for the Western Cape. First elected to Parliament in 2009, Bekker previously served as the party's chief whip in the Eden District Municipality.


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Shadow Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform


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Shadow Deputy Minister of Transport

Juanita Terblanche MP is the DA's Shadow Deputy Minister for Transport. She served as a Ward Councillor in Potchefstroom before being elected to Parliament in 2004.


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Shadow Minister of Science and Technology

Junita joined the Democratic Alliance in 2005 and was elected to parliament in April 2009. She is keenly aware of the privilege to serve her party and her country as a parliamentarian and is committed to help making a difference through science and technology.

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DA Member of the NCOP for the Free State

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Darryl was born in Bloemfontein in 1948 and matriculated from Grey College in 1966. He was president of the Insurance Institute and is a Member of the Board of St Johns Presbyterian Church in the Free State.

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Shadow Minister of Public Service and Administration

Kobus comes from Worcester, where he lives with his wife and two children. He obtained his MBA from Stellenbosch and also studied at the Cape Wine Academy and completed a Master Mentorship Course with the Department of Agriculture.

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Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Annette Steyn MP is the DA's Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. She served as a Councillor for the Gariep Municipality and has served as the chairperson of the DA in the Eastern Cape. She was elected to Parliament in 2009.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training

Dr. Bosman was elected to Parliament in 2009 and currently serves as the Deputy Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Training.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Science and Technology

Manie van Dyk has qualifications in Admin and Commerce.  He has held positions as a researcher at the HSRC, as the director of Finance for the Department of Health, as the economist at the Economic Advisory Council of the State President and as the director of the National Budget of the SAPS.

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Shadow Minister of Home Affairs

Manny de Freitas was born in the small fishing village of Lüderitz, Namibia.
His family moved to Johannesburg when he was seven, and he has resided there ever since. He is passionately committed to the city and its people.


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Shadow Minister of Communications

On moving to Cape Town in 1998, Marian joined the Muizenberg branch of the Democratic Party and served as the branch chairperson, actively driving growth and diversity in Ward 64. She is also a member of the South Peninsula constituency.


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DA Spokesperson on the Appropriations Committee

Marius Swart was born in Swellendam in the Western Cape in 1941. He spent most of his school life in Kimberley in the Northern Cape but matriculated at Voortrekker High School in Bethlehem in the then Orange Free State in 1958.

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DA Member of the NCOP for the Western Cape

 

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Deputy Chairperson of DA Federal Council
Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises

Natasha Michael MP is the DA's Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises. She was the former leader of both the Democratic Party's and the Democratic Alliance's National Youth, and she served as a Councillor for the Tshwane Metro Council until her election to Parliament in 2009.

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Shadow Minister of Arts and Culture


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Shadow Deputy Minister of Human Settlements

Patty Duncan was born in Riebeeck Kasteel in the Swartland being the youngest of nine children from parents with a great sense of and practical contribution to community participation and service.


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Shadow Deputy Minister of SCOPA

Pierre was born in Worcester, where he attended Worcester Boys High School. He went on to Stellenbosch University, where he attained the degree of Masters in Anthropology with distinction, and then his doctorate in Philosophy.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

After a successful career in the business world as Managing Director of his own electronics company for 17 years, and following nearly two decades of serving the community as a dedicated Fire Brigade and SAPS reservist, Pieter decided to turn his indomitable spirit and exceptional management, organisational and people skills, to the political arena.


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Shadow Minister of Tourism

Stuart was born in Umthatha in the Eastern Cape and currently lives in King Williamstown. He is married to Heather with three daughters, a son (who was tragically lost in a rugby accident in February 2006) and three grandchildren.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of State Security


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DA Member of the NCOP for the Northern Cape


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Shadow Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Co - operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Before becoming an MP in the 4th Democratically Elected Parliament, Marti held the position of Executive Mayor of the Midvaal Local Municipality in Gauteng from November 2002 until May 2009.

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Police

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Energy

Jacques Smalle is the Democratic Alliance's Shadow Deputy Minister of Energy. He previously served as DA caucus leader in the Limpopo Provincial Legislature.
 

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DA Member of the NCOP for Gauteng

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Shadow Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry

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Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

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DA Member of the NCOP for Mpumalanga

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