Luyolo Mphithi

National Assembly

Luyolo Mphithi

About Luyolo Mphithi

Luyolo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, International Relations and Law, as well as a joint honour’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Witwatersrand. He is currently reading for his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of Witwatersrand.

The DA Youth Leader also holds a certificate in Political Formations and Structures from the International Academy of Leadership (IAF) in Germany, Gummersbach; a certificate in Research Methodology from Bowdoin College in Michigan, USA; and a certificate in Public Management from Syracuse University in New York, USA.

Luyolo was awarded the Ernst Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, and the Mandela Washington Fellowship (Barack Obama’s flagship leadership programme). These awards have solidified a strong need in Luyolo to give back, not only to his community but to society as a whole.

The DA Youth Leader was named as one of The Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in Politics in 2017. He was further named by Avance Media as one the 100 most influential Young South Africans of 2017 in Politics.

Luyolo is a graduate of the DA’s Young Leaders Programme and has served in numerous roles in the DA such as DASO leader at the University of Witwatersrand in 2012 and provincial Gauteng deputy chair for DA Youth in 2012.

He is a member of the DA Federal Council, representing the Johannesburg Region. And he also serves on the African Liberal Youth (ALY) as the treasurer – his role revolves around supporting youth organisations and political youth structures across Africa.

In 2017, he represented the ALY at the African Liberal Network conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Where he and the committee championed the need for woman leaders in Africa.

Previously, Luyolo Mphithi served as a City councillor for the City of Johannesburg, representing the constituency of Meadowlands, Soweto, in the City Council. He also served on the Public Safety Committee and Environment, Infrastructure and Services Committee.

Luyolo has also worked as a research and communication officer for the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature where he did research on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Human Settlements, Public Works, Roads and Transport and Public Safety, Security and Liaison. Luyolo has previously worked as a consultant for multiple institutions including Executive Research Associates, Hanns Seidel Foundation, Wits University, and the Department of International Relations and Co-Operation (DIRCO).

Currently, Luyolo serves as director of Political Administration for the City of Johannesburg where he serves as the head of department for Political Administration in the City and as a Federal DA Youth Leader. Source: DA

2020 committee attendance as mp

74% attendance rate

Attended 28 meetings out of 38

2019 committee attendance as mp

81% attendance rate

Attended 13 meetings out of 16

Attendance Methodology

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DISCLAIMER: This information has been obtained via the Parliamentary Monitoring Group. PMG makes every effort to compile reliable and comprehensive information, but does not claim that the data is 100% accurate and complete.



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Committee appearances

  • DWYPD Budgetary Review Recommendations Report 3 Dec 2020

    Mr L Mphithi (DA) thanked Ms Abraham’s team for putting together the report. He said that the report was thorough, and it covered all the issues that had been raised in previous meetings.
  • DWYPD 2019/20 Annual Report; Internal Audit & Risk Committee on challenges 17 Nov 2020

    Mr L Mphithi (DA) asked the Minister for an update on the appointment of a Chief Director in the directorate of people living with disabilities. He observed that no report was received and the Minister was not present at the last Committee meeting when the matter was on the agenda. ...
  • Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities 2020/21 Quarter 2 performance 13 Nov 2020

    Mr L Mphithi (DA) responded that according to sources, the appointment of Ms Mabelebele was made with the full knowledge that she was the wife of one of the current directors of DWYPD, and asked the DG if this was true. He asked what qualifications Ms Mabelebele had, because according ...
  • National Youth Policy 2020/30: DWYPD briefing 11 Nov 2020

    Mr L Mphithi (DA) wanted to add and supplement some of the provisions. He asked how this policy was going to be different from other amended policies. There was no clear contingency plan on how this policy was going to cater for the communities. He was curious on what the ...
  • National Youth Development Agency Quarter 2 2020/21performance 27 Oct 2020

    Mr L Mphithi (DA) observed that on slide 13 of the presentation the total is 20 but in the table the total is 16. Is there any clarification for this mistake? What action has the NYDA taken to ensure young people from rural areas benefit from the Youth Micro Enterprise ...

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Plenary appearances

  • WEDNESDAY, 4 DECEMBER 2019 4 Dec 2019

    House Chair, hon Minister, it was revealed at the portfolio committee that the department is paying the salary of the Deputy Minister and her office, I would like to find out from you, what is the amount that the department is paying the Deputy Minister and her office? [Interjections.]

    The ...

  • WEDNESDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2019 3 Dec 2019

    Thank you, Deputy Speaker. Jackson Katz makes a significant point on the framing of gender-based

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