By: Lance Mosiea
A bold and vivacious character, a sigh of fresh air, subtle in her tone, yet impactful in her utterances – Lindiwe Mazibuko holds the defiant characteristics of a political powerhouse figure. The fighting power the Youth of 1976 possessed resonates in the stance Lindiwe Mazibuko takes in ensuring that the youth of this country attain economic freedom. Not only has she been a motivation for young people all around the country and within the African Continent, she has been catapulted as a shining beacon of success and determination for all black women who dare tread into the male-dominated area of Politics. Here’s her journey…
A native of the Kingdom of Swaziland then raised in Durban, South Africa, Lindiwe Mazibuko is in all sorts, a child of the African soil. At a very young age, Lindiwe developed a keen interest in music so soon after matriculating from the prestigious Saint Mary’s DSG in Kloofontein. Lindiwe set out to establish and shine her light on her Opera singing career. This is when she attained a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Univeristy of Kwa-Zulu Natal. But in as much as music was her first calling, the career seemed to be less promising and so Lindiwe sought to pursue another Bachelor of Arts Degree (in Classics, Media, Writing and French) and pressed on to attain a BA Honours Degree in Political Communication in 2007 at the best University in the World, UCT in Cape Town South Africa.
Her involvement in the political arena was that of a befitting one. As part of completing her honours dissertation, Lindiwe chose Helen Zille as the subject of the dissertation and thus she spent some time doing research both into her tenure as Cape Town mayor and DA leader and into the party’s policies and programmes of which she discovered were very much in sync with her own ideologies and political vision for this country. It didn’t take long before Lindiwe fell, hook, line and sinker into dabbling in the political field and making her name attain some ground and her presence be felt by those that mattered.
Helen Zille labels Lindiwe as a star performer, and she has been nothing but a celestial being that has achiever what many fail to do, with the small ground given and the space of time provided. After completing her post-graduate degree, she was employed to work as part of the DA’s Parliamentary Operation where she became a researcher. Within the following National Elections, Lindiwe had sat on the seat where she had been elected as National Spokesperson and Shadow Deputy Minister for Communication in 2009. In 2010 she became shadow Minister for rural Development and Land Reform and in October 2011 was elected by the DA’s Parliamentary caucus as Parliamentary Leader and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly.
The unseen victories and losses that Lindiwe Mazibuko endured to this point have surely placed her in one of the most respected places, any young politician wishes to see themselves – and it is through trial and error that she has become, shall become and will maintain being the inspiration she is to so many young, black South Africans.