Mr Ashor Sarupen

National Assembly

Formerly: Gauteng Provincial Legislature

Ashor Sarupen

About Ashor Sarupen

Ashor Sarupen is the Deputy Chairperson of the DA Federal Council

Ashor Sarupen attend Wits University where he completed his Bachelor of Science, before entering politics as a research analyst for the DA in Gauteng.

He subsequently acquired a BSC Honours (Wits), MBA (Wits) and is completing a MPhil in Corporate Strategy at GIBS. He also studied corporate finance in the USA. His MBA research focused on Business Models for the Internet of Things, and he continues to engage in research on how technology affects commerce and the economy.

Ashor joined the DA in 2006 at the age of 17 in his hometown of Springs, Gauteng, where he served as the constituency chairperson and local campaign manager.

He was elected to the Ekurhuleni Metropolitian Council in 2011 as the DA’s second ranked candidate and served as the Chief Whip of the Official Opposition in the Council at the age of 22. He served on the councils. Rules, Ethics and Public Accounts committees. In 2014 he was appointed as an election strategist for the DA’s Gauteng election campaign, which saw the DA get its best ever result in the election, and get within 3% of unseating the ANC.

He then served as a Member of the Gauteng Legislature between 2014 and 2019, representing the DA on the Finance, Economic Development, Social Development and Education committees.

In 2016, Ashor spearheaded the DA’s campaign effort in the Ekurhuleni Metro that successfully brough the ANC under 50% of the vote share.

Since 2019, he has served as a Member of Parliament and the DA’s Shadow Minister on the Appropriations Committee (which deals with the national budget). In October 2019, Helen Zille appointed him Chief of Staff and subsequently as her Parliamentary Counsel. In 2020, he was elected into the DA’s national leadership as the Deputy Chairperson of the Federal Council.

Source: Democratic Alliance

2021 committee attendance as mp

71% attendance rate

Attended 20 meetings out of 28

2020 committee attendance as mp

67% attendance rate

Attended 36 meetings out of 54

2019 committee attendance as mp

78% attendance rate

Attended 29 meetings out of 37

Attendance Methodology

Recent meetings attended

All meetings attended

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Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2019 [Source]


Nature Name of Company Number of Shares Nominal Value
Retirement Annuity Liberty Life RA R2 500.00 p.m N/A
Retirement Annuity Sanlam RA R1 100.00 p.m N/A


Type of Business Activity Directorship/Partnership in any Corporate Body
Corporate Communications (Dormant) Heliosphere Pty Ltd
Dormant AM Zeus Pty Ltd


Description of Property Location – Area Extent of the Property
Apartment Germiston 82m²

Committee appearances

  • Second Special Appropriation Bill: SASRIA SOC Ltd briefing. 8 Sep 2021

    Mr A Sarupen (DA) apologised for not having his camera on due to bandwidth challenges. He thanked SASRIA for running well, being financially prudent for many years and not requiring a bailout as a consequence of mismanagement, as is the case with many state-owned entities (SOEs). SASRIA has done well, ...
  • Second Special Appropriation Bill: National Treasury briefing 31 Aug 2021

    Mr A Sarupen (DA) asked what would happen if SASRIA’s claim exceeded the R3.9bn surplus paid to it, and what the consequences would be.
  • Land and Agricultural Development Bank of SA on expenditure of budgetary allocations 24 Aug 2021

    Mr A Sarupen (DA) asked what the Land Bank had put in place to prevent a second exodus of executives and to ensure executive level stability. This had been identified as one of the key problems that led to all the challenges at the bank. In terms of oversight by ...
  • SCOA Strategic Planning Session day 2 18 Aug 2021

    Mr A Sarupen (DA) raised the issue of citizens’ knowledge on the separation of power and the branches of government. There were growing expectations from citizens that once they logged a complaint with a Member of Parliament (MP), the issue would be resolved -- as if MPs were implementing agents. ...
  • SCOA Strategic Planning Session 17 Aug 2021

    Mr A Sarupen (DA) asked whether the National Treasury had set up any sort of timeframes for the Land Bank to achieve the liquidity necessary to pay off its creditors. He wanted to know when the bank would no longer be considered as a defaulting entity, and if the Treasury ...

All Committee Appearances


  • Questions asked to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs 22 Jul 2021

    (1)What are the causes and/or reasons for the prolonged closure of the waste disposal sites in Springs, Ekurhuleni; (2) whether the employees and/or contractors are still being paid despite the prolonged closure; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) (a) ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services 11 Jun 2021

    Whether his department has concluded any work exchange and/or employment agreements with any entity of the Republic of Cuba from the 2010-11 financial year up to the 2020-21 financial year; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) total number of Cuban nationals (i) have ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy 31 May 2021

    1) Whether his department has concluded any work exchange and/or employment agreements with any entity of the Republic of Cuba from the 2010-11 financial year up to the 2020-21 financial year; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) total number of Cuban nationals (i) ...

All Questions and Answers

Plenary appearances


    House Chair, I think this fiscal framework is a very sobering assessment because it demonstrates that the ANC has completely given up on fiscal responsibility and that they happily want to lead South Africa down the fiscal abyss. And I have a lot of sympathy for the Finance Minister because ...

  • WEDNESDAY, 4 DECEMBER 2019 4 Dec 2019

    Chair, the budget in terms of the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement and Adjustments Appropriation Bill is not pro poor. It is pro poverty. Anyone who disagrees with this statement is a denialist of note.

    I'm glad that my committee chair, the hon Buthelezi, agrees that government must create an enabling ...

All Plenary Appearances