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Deputy Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance
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.
Anchen obtained a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from RAU, worked in two different hospitals before she started her own private practice in Melville. She now considers herself a retired clinical psychologist and a full-time politician.
She 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. Her constituency is the Mogale City municipal area. With Krugersdorp as its capital, it also includes the village of Magaliesburg, surrounding farms and the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. She says that some of the challenges facing the DA in Krugersdorp include rural safety and, recently, school violence.
In her previous term in Parliament, Anchen served as the DA spokesperson on Labour. On her re-election to Parliament in 2009, she was appointed as the Shadow Minister of Public Service and Administration. She has also served the party as a whip since 2005.
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