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National Leaders



Leader of the Democratic Alliance

Prior to entering politics, Helen made a name for herself during the apartheid era as a political journalist. She joined the party in the mid-1990s. Helen served in the Western Cape provincial legislature between 1999 and 2004 (including as MEC for Education), and in parliament between April 2004 and March 2006, when she was elected as Mayor of Cape Town. Helen was elected leader of the DA in 2007 and re-elected unopposed in 2012.

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Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance

Lindiwe Mazibuko is the Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance.

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DA National Spokesperson

Before being elected to Deputy Federal Chairperson in 2012, Mmusi Maimane served as the Democratic Alliance's National Spokesperson. He is also the Leader of the Johannesburg Caucus.

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DA Federal Chairperson

Dr Wilmot James MP a Member of the SADC Parliamentary Forum and the DA's Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry. He has served as Executive Director of both the Human Sciences Research Council and the Institute of Democracy of South Africa. He served as a Trustee of the Ford Foundation before entering public life, being elected to Parliament in 2009. He was re-elected as Federal Chairperson in 2012.

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Chairperson of DA Federal Finance Committee

Dr. Dion George MP is the DA's Shadow Minister of SCOPA. He holds a BA (Hons), MBA and DBL (Economics), as well as an Advanced Certificate in Municipal Governance. He is a former recipient of the Investec Securities Prize, for his MBA research report on investment choice. Dr. George has previously served as a councillor in the City of Johannesburg. He became a Member of Parliament in January 2008.

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Deputy Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance

Anchen started her political life as a volunteer for the old PFP in 1978, and then became a ward councillor in the City of Johannesburg in 1991. In 1999 she was elected to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature for the then-DP, and in 2005 became a DA Member of Parliament. In her previous term in Parliament, Anchen served as the DA spokesperson on Labour. She was re-elected to Parliament in 2009, and appointed as the Shadow Minister of Public Works in 2012. She has also served the party as a whip since 2005 and was re-elected to Deputy Federal Chairperson in 2012.

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Deputy Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance

 Originally from Tzaneen in Limpopo, Makashula Gana  is a councillor in the City of Johannesburg. He also served as the leader of the Democratic Alliance Youth before being elected to the position of Deputy Federal Chairperson in 2012.

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Deputy Chairperson of DA Federal Council

Thomas Walters is a Councillor for the DA in the City Of Johannesburg. He was elected to Deputy Chairperson of the DA Federal Council in 2012.

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Chairperson of DA Federal Council

James Selfe is the Chairperson of the DA Federal Council and Shadow Minister of Correctional Services.

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DA Leader in the NCOP

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