Stella Ndabeni

Member of Parliament

udmrng beautiful ppl of da ANC. I woke up in a beautiful dream dat left a msg dat said �evryting iz possible in da ANC u just hv 2 b patient n do wht iz ryt constitutionally'.� This Facebook message is typical of avid social networker and parliamentarian Stella Ndabeni. Appointed to Parliament in 2009 she served as a whip on the portfolio committee on defence and military veterans until this year, when she was appointed as a whip to the portfolio committee on communications. Taking politics to her ever-growing group of friends on Facebook, says Ndabeni, has become a way for her to canvass opinion about issues she is working on in Parliament. Although her constituency is Mthatha, Ndabeni hails from Sakhela, in the Qunu administrative area, where Nelson Mandela has his ancestral home. The link to Madiba and the history of the area helped to shape her political awareness. Ndabeni was a member of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) regional executive committee for Mthatha from 1999 to 2001 and became a member of the ANCYL provincial executive committee in the Eastern Cape in 2008. She also served on the organisation's national working committee as well as its national executive committee until last year, when she was one of those axed from the league's top structure in what was widely reported as a purge of those opposed to Julius Malema. Ndabeni still sees herself as very much a part of the organisation. "It's always been Stella and ANC and Youth League.� Prior to working as an MP Ndabeni worked for the Eastern Cape Socioeconomic Consultative Council as a project manager for local municipality support programmes on HIV and Aids. Campaigning against the disease remains close to her heart and she was elected to represent Southern Africa on the steering committee of the World Youth Summit on HIV & Aids in Mali in April.�Lynley Donnelly

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