Standing just 1,5 metres tall, blonde-haired Lynda Odendaal yesterday burst on to South Africa's political landscape with an explosion of energy.
"I'm not a bit intimidated by senior politicians, because I have the interests of the people at heart," said the mother of four shortly after her appointment as second deputy president of Cope.
Born in Eastern Cape, the green-eyed Odendaal said she "grew up on the factory floors" since both her parents were in the manufacturing industry.
Following a dream, like many other South Africans, she moved to Gauteng as a young woman and climbed the corporate ladder in the business world.
In 2005 Odendaal was appointed chief executive of Network Support Services, considered to be a southern African market leader in the provisioning of integrated service assurance management solutions.
"But I have resigned and my full-time position now is to serve my people," said the soft-spoken 44-year-old. - Sapa