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The DA's new shadow cabinet - Lindiwe Mazibuko

Lindiwe Mazibuko
01 February 2012

Athol Trollip takes up post as shadow minister of rural development and land reform

New Shadow Cabinet a force for change

Note to editors: The following statement was distributed at a press conference held today by Lindiwe Mazibuko MP, Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance. 

I am proud today to announce the appointment of a Shadow Cabinet which I believe will help restore Parliament to its rightful place at the centre of our democracy. This is an entirely new Shadow Cabinet designed to help the Democratic Alliance (DA) achieve its objectives in Parliament. 

We believe that Parliament should be a forum for robust policy debate in which participants are at the cutting edge of developments in their portfolios.  

We also believe that Parliament should be feared by government ministers who abuse their power. It must be a place where the executive is held to account, not a chamber characterised by "obsequious conformity", as Archbishop Tutu once observed.

Lastly, it is important to us that every South African feels that they have a stake in Parliament. After all, it is the people's Parliament. It must never feel like an elitist institution, out of touch with the real world.

With these considerations in mind, I have appointed a new Shadow Cabinet which I believe will become a force for change, not just in Parliament, but in South Africa as a whole.

Putting together this Shadow Cabinet was the result of a far-reaching and thorough process of consultation. Nevertheless, decisions like this are never easy. They are particularly difficult when you are blessed with the wealth of talent, expertise and experience that we have in the Democratic Alliance.

The starting point was to ensure that the new Shadow Cabinet was suitably diverse. This is important because the positions we take in Parliament need to be informed by a wide range of perspectives.

I also wanted to ensure that there was an appropriate "generational mix". If there is one thing I have learned it is that the experience of veterans, mixed with the energy of youth, makes a formidable combination.

Most importantly, I wanted to ensure that each and every member of the Shadow Cabinet is fit for purpose. Some Shadow Ministers are experts in policy and legislation; others have first-rate communication abilities; many are brilliant activists and community organisers. So I have tried, as far as possible, to give each Shadow Minister the best platform upon which to showcase their particular talents.

As this is a Shadow Cabinet in the true sense of the term, it neatly mirrors the existing Cabinet Clusters. 

Our Shadow Economics Cluster will work to ensure that policies and legislation enacted by Parliament are a help and not a hindrance to economic growth and job creation. It will be their responsibility to speak on behalf of the millions of South Africans who lack access to work opportunities, and to advance the DA's vision for a growing and prosperous South Africa. We will push our policy objective of achieving 8% growth at every opportunity.

The Shadow Ministers in the Economics Cluster are:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Annette Steyn
  • Appropriations - Marius Swart
  • Communications - Marian Shinn
  • Economic Development - Haniff Hoosen
  • Energy - Lance Greyling
  • Finance - Tim Harris
  • Labour - Sej Motau
  • Mineral Resources - James Lorimer
  • Public Enterprises - Natasha Michael
  • Public Works - Anchen Dreyer
  • Rural Development & Land Reform - Athol Trollip
  • Science & Technology - Dr Junita Kloppers-Lourens
  • Tourism - Stuart Farrow
  • Trade & Industry - Dr Wilmot James
  • Transport - Ian Ollis
  • Water & Environmental Affairs - Gareth Morgan

The Shadow Governance Cluster comprises a team of men and women who are passionate about ensuring that the machinery of government is clean and that it works to improve the lives of our people. Our governance Shadow Ministers will work hard to promote effective service delivery, and expose corruption wherever it manifests, because corruption is the enemy of growth and prosperity.

The Shadow Ministers in the Governance Cluster are:

  • Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs - John Steenhuisen
  • Public Service & Administration - Kobus Marais
  • Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) - Dr Dion George
  • Women, Children & People with Disabilities - Helen Lamoela

The role of the Shadow Peace and Security Cluster is to advance policies and legislation to help build a criminal justice system in which all are equal before the law; criminals fear being caught, prosecuted and punished; and South Africans feel safe in their homes and on our streets. Our Peace and Security Shadow Minster must also oversee the independent institutions of the state, to ensure that they protect the citizens of South Africa, and not the governing party.

The Shadow Ministers in the Peace & Security Cluster are:

  • Correctional Services - James Selfe
  • Defence and Military Veterans - David Maynier
  • Home Affairs - Manny De Freitas
  • International Relations & Co-operation - Ian Davidson
  • Justice and Constitutional Development - Dene Smuts
  • Police - Dianne Kohler Barnard
  • State Security - Lennit Max

The Shadow Social Services Cluster will push for policies and legislation that will lift people out of poverty instead of keeping them trapped in it. It comprises individuals who care deeply about maximising the potential inherent in every citizen of our country. They will work to improve the education, healthcare and living conditions of the poorest and most marginalised of our citizens.

The Shadow Ministers in the Social Services Cluster are:

  • Arts & Culture - Niekie van den Berg
  • Basic Education - Annette Lovemore
  • Health - Patricia Kopane
  • Higher Education & Training - Dr Annelie Lotriet
  • Human Settlements - Stevens Mokgalapa
  • Social Development - Mike Waters
  • Sports & Recreation - Winston Rabotapi

Lastly, the Shadow Minister responsible for both the Presidency: Performance Monitoring & Evaluation, and the Presidency: National Planning Commission will be Joe McGluwa.

I said earlier that one of our objectives is to ensure that South Africans feel they are truly represented in Parliament; that it is a forum where community issues can be addressed by national decision-makers. 

The DA has always believed in a proportional electoral system that includes a form of direct constituency representation. We may not be able to change the electoral system right now, but over the coming weeks, we plan to introduce a form of constituency representation that will strengthen the link between MPs and their constituents.

Finally, this Shadow Cabinet gives effect to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Independent Democrats (ID) and the Democratic Alliance, which was promulgated in August 2010. Our two parties have not merged but we are already one caucus, and our efforts to win more voters in 2014 will benefit from having the skills and expertise of our ID colleagues in the Shadow Cabinet.

Statement issued by Lindiwe Mazibuko MP, DA Parliamentary Leader, February 1 2012

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Kwaaaa..Kwaaaa..; so u cann't be REAL ministers and u happy to be some 'shadows'!
Unbelievable that there r some MORONS who vote for these PALOOKAS!!!

by Mute Fool_Makoya on February 01 2012, 14:29
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And the shadow minister of salt mines is

Athol Trollip

by Domza on February 01 2012, 14:58
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My Dear Lindiwe Mazibuko,
You are such a darling.You seem to be setting the standards so high,I hope the ANC will at least keep apace with your ambitions and pace,if not,they will be in for a rough 2012.Keep up the good work;we are watching with great anticipation,and glee.

by Lazarus Mfundo on February 01 2012, 15:05
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The more things change, the more BOERS stay the same!
This DA dominated by BOER shadow ministers is just NP with a new name? Now we see 'fronting' even in politics?

by Kom Net Met Dromedaries on February 01 2012, 16:05
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I like the complexion of your shadow cabinet
Lindiwe, I though the DA has transformed however your list leaves a lot to be desired. Its a shame that the PDI's only feature on the less effective positions. This is typical of Zille and I am not surprised since you are her undergraduate.

by Themba on February 01 2012, 16:34
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oh the jealous...
on this site. kid yourselves haters, you know it is only a matter of time before the DA wins!

by Shaun on February 01 2012, 16:37
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Bakuphi abantu
The DA is far from transformation, they cant even transform their dummy cabinet.

by Again on February 01 2012, 16:39
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Mute Fool_Makoya, Kom Net Met Dromedaries
What I dont get, is what do you gain by by venting your hatred on forums like these. Do feed of the often bitter reponses. Happy that you could instill some hatred in others.Is it mere a delight in pissing people of, flauniting in your own mind the power . .more

by Leon on February 01 2012, 16:43
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Isn't it funny !
How when a truly non racial party makes it's candidates known , that have been put there because of their ability and not their skin colour .... All the RACIST ANC trogladytes jump up and down. Here's a bitter pill , the reason our country is such a . .more

by Boerseun on February 01 2012, 16:48
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@dromedaries
The NP in the name of Maartinaas van schaalk wyl,Bernard swanepoel and the former top executives of the national party are with the ANC and have even wrote a book on the 100 year history of the ANC.@dromedaries,are you stupid or ignorant?If the former . .more

by Jabulani Malaza on February 01 2012, 16:48
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Correction@jabulanimalaza
with the ANC and have even written a book

by Jabulani Malaza on February 01 2012, 17:27
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This is the year of great politics
Shine,shine DA.Amandla.

by Ntombi on February 01 2012, 18:23
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All that counts is "can they do the job"
Remember, as the DASO poster says, in a future DA South Africa, skin colour is so irrelevant you won't even notice. It is not important.

Only the ANC racists need to hang on to racism and make everything about skin colour.

Morons like . .more

by Sad Days on February 01 2012, 20:10
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me and my shadows
and there they will remain

by Realist on February 01 2012, 21:44
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ANC = Laughing Stock
If the ANC did what the DA does, put competent people in positions regardless of their skin colour, we would be the envy of the world. But unfortunately we are the laughing stock of the world. Look at the dumb idiots running that country and look at the . .more

by Blacksmith on February 01 2012, 21:45
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Shadow Ministers
I wonder what happend to Masizole Mnqasela, the only MP in the DA who is prepared to see DA for what it is.

by Mgababa on February 02 2012, 07:28
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racial dummy cab
maddam that is not good for our country,why would that consortium of whites front you to express their idiodic ideas to the public?

by buhle on February 02 2012, 07:31
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DA
90% WHITES AND SOME OF OUR BLACK BROTHERS STILL BELIEVE IN THE DA.VISSIT WP & U WILL EXPIRIENCE HOW A TRUE DA.DONT BE FOOLED!!

by ANCYL on February 02 2012, 07:35
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@Mute Fool_Makoya, Kom Net met Dromedaries and ANCYL
I don't want to lower myself to their level but nevertheless must say I am reminded of the THOUGHTLESS sayings of children not yet reached puberty. Still very far from any signs of maturity

by Frank on February 02 2012, 08:45
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Madam's tea girl
Alas, the Madam's tea girl continues to ensure that her black folk in the desperate alliance continues to take the back seat in terms of deployments in government.
You are only as good as the black vote you are bringing to the party.

by MapVoo on February 02 2012, 08:50
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Transformation of Shadow Cabinet
I find it bizarre that commentators here have said "the PDI's only feature on the less effective positions" (@Themba) and "they cant even transform their dummy cabinet" (@Again). You don't get better diversity than this!

For the record:PDIs hold . .more

by Libdem on February 02 2012, 09:31
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@Leon
Someone once said words to the effect that holding on to bitterness and hatred is like drinking poison yourself and hoping the one you hate will die. This is the situation that these malcontents find themselves in, consumed by their own hatred, while . .more

by Jeff on February 02 2012, 10:18
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Mute, Dommedaares and The Real ANC
If the usual Idiot's Ward work up this much froth around the mouth, it must be good!

by Pieter Schoombee on February 02 2012, 10:20
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Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Intro-Outro, original version
THE INTRO AND THE OUTRO
(Vivian Stanshall)

Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - 1967

Hi there, nice to be with you, happy you could stick around.
Like to introduce "Legs" Larry Smith, drums,
And Sam Spoons, rhythm pole,
And Vernon . .more

by Domza on February 02 2012, 11:06
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LOL
Mazibuko reshuffles the chairs of the Titanic.

by Mogotsi on February 02 2012, 11:13
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Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band also famous for:

Can Blue Men Sing the Whites?


by Domza on February 02 2012, 11:52
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Brrrrrrrr
It must be cold there in the ANC's shadow.

by Richard Slingers on February 02 2012, 13:40
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@Domza
At least Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band made a lot more sense than Communism, but good to see you're still Living in the Past to quote Jethro Tull's lyrics. Jethro Tull always was way better than Bonzo Dog.

by Jeff on February 02 2012, 16:29
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Let's not make racist comments--it solves nothing. Maybe she does have too

white a shadow cabinet, but there is a major differenc between these individuals and the ANC executive.

The people she has chosen are compitent and they will work towards building competence in others irrespective of their race. In the . .more

by Honkey on February 02 2012, 18:37
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lets give it a go
i would like to see more awkward questioned posed to ministers.
i would also like to see taxpayers monies spent effectively withould further splashes on individual luxury.
Then only is an opposition party worth its weight in salt.
A thumbs up . .more

by Jzee on February 02 2012, 21:18
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What? No alleged criminals in the DA's shadow cabinet! Outrageous!
Life will never be the same again in post-apartheid South Africa if that squeaky-clean lot actually become the ruling party's cabinet.

No one in there who can boast having braved 783 criminal charges against them being dropped by dubious . .more

by Mute Fool on February 03 2012, 00:28
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You are the past
I hear people trying to misrepresent themselves as if they've embraced changes in this country, we'll never be decived by your words or your wishes. You're the past, the way you look at things and ideas in your heads confirms that you're the past. . .more

by Gazu on February 03 2012, 01:31
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You are the past
I hear people trying to misrepresent themselves as if they've embraced changes in this country, we'll never be decived by your words or your wishes. You're the past, the way you look at things and ideas in your heads confirms that you're the past. . .more

by Gazu on February 03 2012, 01:33
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Shame Gazu.
You cannot look past race. Do you really think it's OK for "ruling" politicians to become filthy rich dishonestly off the backs of the taxpayers? What have they done to deserve the megamillions funneled their way through tenderpreneurship and dispensing . .more

by Mute Fool on February 03 2012, 11:29
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