Lindiwe Mazibuko

Lindiwe Mazibuko[1]

Former Democratic Alliance Parliamentary Leader. 2015 Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics.  Serving from 2011-2014, Ms. Mazibuko became the youngest-ever parliamentary leader and the first black woman in South African history to be elected to Leader of the Opposition.

In the words of the HLS community member who nominated her, “I saw Lindiwe speak at a lunch event at HLS recently and she amazed me with her presence, self-awareness, and the thoughtful and genuine way she approached her role in South African politics. She spoke candidly about her experience as a young black woman in a political atmosphere that had typically been dominated by white men, in a country with a not-so-distant history of apartheid and segregation. Lindiwe inspired me because at a time when politicians use empty rhetoric to garner support, Lindiwe thinks deeply about her convictions, her people, and the ways in which she can work to improve South Africa for all South Africans.”