DA replaces white MPs with young blacks

Anna Majavu

Anna Majavu

The DA has replaced several retiring white members of parliament with younger black prospective parliamentarians, the party announced yesterday.

The DA's experienced parliamentary spokesman Lindiwe Mazibuko is number three on the DA's KwaZulu-Natal list, and is likely to find herself in the front benches of the opposition after the elections.

DA councillor and national youth spokesman Khume Ramulifho is also headed for the national assembly.

Another prospective parliamentarian is controversial former Cape Town UDM regional secretary, Bonginkosi Madikizela, who was suspended by the UDM last September after allegations that he had spent the nine previous months recruiting for the DA.

Madikizela, who works in Cape Town mayor Helen Zille's office as a media liaison officer, denied the charge at the time and reportedly said he had quit the UDM out of "frustration at internal squabbles".

The list of new black MPs includes a defector from the National Democratic Convention (Nadeco), Makhosazana Mdladlose, daughter of Frank Mdladlose, co-founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party.

The DA has yet to reveal which of its existing MPs will not be returning to parliament after the elections as it is still waiting for some final provincial lists, said Mazibuko.

Other candidates include Lebogang More, a DA activist from the West Rand, Winston Rabotapi, a DA councillor from the North West province, Richard Majola, the DA's former mayor of the West Coast district council and Cape Town councillor Masizole Mnqasela.

DA federal council chairman James Selfe said a "substantial" number of those on the list had been recruited from DA adverts that appeared in national newspapers.