Bonginkosi Madikizela joined the DA about 10 years ago, whilst he was working in the office of then mayor of Cape Town, Helen Zille. He was part of the provincial election team in 2009; and was responsible for the province’s LEAD Programme from 2008 to 2009.
The DA increased its provincial vote in the province from 27% in 2004 to 51.4% in 2009, and so doing won the province with an outright majority.
In 2009 Bonginkosi was elected as a member of the Provincial Parliament and was subsequently appointed as minister of Human Settlements – a position he holds to date.
In 2014, the Provincial Leader saw the Province increase its share of the vote, once again, to 59.38%.
Bonginkosi was elected deputy leader in the province at the 2015 Provincial Congress. When the leader, Patricia de Lille, resigned in January 2017, he was elected by the Provincial Council as the acting leader. On 7 October 2017, he was re-elected as the provincial leader at the Western Cape Congress.
Bonginkosi has worked with CBOs and NGOs that deal with community issues, including the Khayelitsha Development Forum, where he served on the executive for five years.