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Meet Lindiwe Mazibuko

Lindiwe Mazibuko is a political leader, public speaker, writer, and mentor. She was the first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.

A graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa (2006 and 2007) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2015) in the United States, Mazibuko was an elected representative in South Africa’s National Assembly until May 2014, when she resigned from active politics in order to return to higher education. Mazibuko began her political career as a researcher in the parliamentary office of South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA). She was appointed the party’s national media liaison in 2008 ahead of the South African General Elections the following year. In May 2014, at the end of her term, and following a successful electoral campaign in which the DA grew its share of the national vote from 16% in 2009 to 22%, Mazibuko 

announced that she would be taking a sabbatical from active politics. In May 2015, she graduated with a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was also an Edward S. Mason Fellow. Mazibuko subsequently spent a semester in residence as a Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP), where she led a seminar on building and entrenching democracy in South Africa and on the African continent. She is currently an author-in- residence at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study in South Africa (STIAS), and a fortnightly columnist for Business Day – South Africa’s leading national daily newspaper.

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