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Dene Smuts

Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

Dene was born and bred in the Free State and attended Oranje Meisieskool.

After high school, she continued her academic journey graduating from Stellenbosch University with a BA Hons degree.

Dene then pursued a highly successful career in journalism, achieving the position of Editor of Fair Lady magazine, and Managing Editor of Leadership as well as a receiving recognition as a prize winning author in her own right.

Informed by her professional background it was no surprise that Dene held the position of Broadcasting and Telecoms spokespersonships for both the DP and DA from 1994 and 1996 respectively and continues to specialise in free speech issues.

Dene launched her political career in 1989 when she was elected MP for the Groote Schuur constituency, and on the 6th September of that year, she participated in the great Peace March in Cape Town, a seminal date in that in coincided with her swearing in as an MP.

One of Dene's career milestones was the opportunity to serve as a constitutional negotiator for the DP during the transition from Apartheid to Democracy. The process started with President FW de Klerk's 1990 Opening of Parliament speech and Dene participated from day until its conclusion in 1996 specialising in the drafting of the Bill of Rights for the Final Constitution.

She also served as the DP spokesperson on the TRC , the Constitution and Human rights.

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.
She has a son who is an engineer and a daughter who is a writer.

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