It’s not everyday that you get to see a young woman holding a major political position and doing it with such passion and dedication, but South Africa’s Lindiwe Mazibuko did an exceptional job playing the role, changing perceptions the world might have about women taking leadership roles in Parliament.
She’s young, she’s intelligent, she’s sassy and she’s eloquent – what’s there not to admire? As Nunnovation, we celebrate her for being “Young & Powerful” at such a young age.
Lindiwe Mazibuko is a 35 year old former South African politician and was previously a Parliamentary Leader for the official opposition in SA, the Democratic Alliance (DA). She holds a Bachelor of Music, a BA in French, Classics, Media & Writing and an Honours Degree in Political Communication from the University of Cape Town. She recently graduated from Harvard University for a Masters in Public Administration.
While she was still Parliamentary Leader for the DA, she received a lot of criticism for her role, but Lindiwe proved that she’s not easily shaken and did her job to the best of her abilities. During the time, it was hard not to notice her undying strength and her confidence as she challenged big political giants from the leading party. She had a lot to carry on her shoulders, especially being the youngest black woman leader in the DA but with honour and integrity, she made a success out of her time in Parliament- earning the respect of many South Africans.
Mazibuko’s interest in the DA began when she chose it as the topic for her honours research paper. “The more I read the more I realised that it wasn’t the big monster that everybody assumes it to be and the more I realised I actually agreed with the DA on a lot of points”
She started off as a researcher for the DA parliamentary office then moved on to stand for public office in 2008. In 2009, Mazibuko became the party’s National Spokesperson and Shadow Deputy Minister for Communication. In 2012, she was named South Africa’s Most Influential Woman. Now she gets to add on “Harvard University Alumni” to her list of achievements.
Lindiwe Mazibuko has not yet revealed what her next venture will be but we can all agree that she’s made SA proud. Congratulations to her for being young and powerful!