Spokesperson and MP, Democratic Alliance
Lindiwe Mazibuko is not your typical Democratic
Alliance (DA) parliamentarian. She sings, for example,
in choirs and in the shower (Kurt Darren's Kaptein span
die seile is a favourite). Then there's the part about her
degree in Moroccan rhetoric. She also claims to be
a hopeless romantic. And she doesn't mind posting
photographs of herself in hair curlers on the internet,
entitled "Vanity, thy name is woman� .
At the same time, Mazibuko talks like a Google
executive about communication technology in Parliament;
she is the go-to girl who speaks on behalf of the DA and
she takes on President Jacob Zuma about morality.
Outside the halls of power Mazibuko, who turns 30 this
year, just cannot wait for the Woolworths quality sale. Her
Twitter account is abuzz with comments about the fashion
sense of her fellow MPs, with deputy transport minister
Jeremy Cronin once lauded for the way he was "working�
a skinny tie on a bland day in the national legislature.
Mazibuko was born in Manzini, Swaziland, but did
most of her growing up in Durban, where she is now MP
for Durban North. She studied music at the university
of KwaZulu-Natal and political communication at the
university of Cape Town.
She joined the DA as a researcher in 2008 and caught
the eye of DA leader Helen Zille, who quickly appointed
her national media liaison offi cer before she became an
MP in 2009. After the 2009 elections, Mazibuko was also
anointed as the shadow minister of communications
� speaking four languages including French helps �
in addition to her role as national spokesperson.
And, just two years into her political career,
PrincessShorty, as she is known on Twitter, is already
touted by her colleagues as a possible successor to Zille.
Mazibuko is one of the group of hot and highly
ambitious MPs the DA has brought to Parliament to
change its image from a whites-only outfi t to a party
that can attract the best and brightest, regardless of race.
Lunch spot: Societi, Cape Town