“MP Corner” Blog Posts

MP Corner

How well do you know your MPs? MP Corner features blog entries from your favourite MPs who have agreed to "get personal". Find out how they got into politics and what their message is for you.

Mr Motalane Monakedi (ANC)

Sept. 11, 2018 (1 year, 2 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? I am from Limpopo, Sekhukhune district, from a village called Ga-mela. Coming from such a background I always felt the poverty in the villages could be ameliorated. I went to Jane Furse ...

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Ms Phindiwe Samka

Aug. 22, 2018 (1 year, 2 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? My political interest and activism started with the release of Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu and Raymond Mhlaba. At the time they were doing underground campaigns in the Eastern Cape raising political awareness ...

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Mr Vincent Smith - ANC

Aug. 1, 2018 (1 year, 3 months ago) — Comments

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Political background: I became involved in politics, and the ANC, by being involved in student politics. I became an MP through my leadership position in the ANC as a Deputy Chairperson of the ANC Johannesburg region.

What does your job as an MP entail? My job as an MP really ...

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Mr Dennis Ryder (DA)

July 10, 2018 (1 year, 4 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I was a mini mayor of Bedfordview in 1993. I have always been on committees and assisting in elections. I was then elected as a councillor in 2011 in Midvaal Local Municipality. I was a member of the Mayoral Committee: Engineering Services in Midvaal and ...

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Ms Chantel King (DA)

June 12, 2018 (1 year, 5 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become a MP? I started in 1996 in student politics at UWC as a SASCO member of the SRC. In 2015 was I approached by the DA ward councillor to join the party. I started ...

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Mr Thomas Hadebe (DA)

May 28, 2018 (1 year, 5 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? It started in 2002, when I was working for a Catholic Church-run local clinic as a member of the board. As a member of the Roman Catholic Church, I was elected by ...

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Ms Leigh-Ann Mathys (EFF)

May 15, 2018 (1 year, 6 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I don’t have a political background as such. Before I joined the EFF I was a social justice activist. I like to refer to myself as an accidental politician who came to politics through a passion for social activism. The EFF was the first ...

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Mr Jabulane Dube (ANC)

May 3, 2018 (1 year, 6 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? I started political activism around 1987 through the influence of my peers at the time. As a resident of the KaNgwane Bantustan (Mpumalanga) there had been Inyanza and I wanted to understand ...

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Ms Veronica Van Dyk (DA)

April 23, 2018 (1 year, 6 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? Which constituency office have you been assigned to? In 2011 I was very actively involved in communities in Namaqualand, Northern Cape. I founded a monthly community newspaper, Namakwa Kletz, and presented a ...

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Ms Marian Shinn (DA)

March 19, 2018 (1 year, 8 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? When did your activism political and otherwise start in South Africa’s recent history? My active political involvement started in Johannesburg in the mid-1980s. Much of my career was spent as a ...

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