Athol Trollip

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Athol Trollip
Athol Trollip DA MP.jpg
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of South Africa
In office
7 May 2009 – 27 October 2011
Preceded by Sandra Botha
Succeeded by Lindiwe Mazibuko
Member of Parliament in the National Assembly of South Africa
In office
6 May 2009 – 5 June 2013
Personal details
Born 12 March 1964
Bedford, Eastern Cape
Political party Democratic Alliance

Athol Trollip (born 12 March 1964) is a South African politician, who has served as member of the National Assembly for the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA). He served as Parliamentary leader of the opposition between 2009 and 2011, on behalf of the DA and its leader, Helen Zille. He is also the leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape.[1]


Trollip was born in the town of Bedford in the Eastern Cape, and he attended Woodridge College.

Career in politics[edit]

Trollip was elected as the DA's leader in the Eastern Cape in 2002, a position he still holds, and served as a Member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature up until 2009. He unsuccessfully ran for party leader against Helen Zille in 2007. In 2009 he became a Member of Parliament and won a leadership contest against Ryan Coetzee for the position of leader of the opposition.[2] On 27 October 2011, he was defeated in his bid for re-election as Parliamentary Leader of the DA by fellow MP Lindiwe Mazibuko.[3]

In 2013, Trollip left the National Assembly to return to the Eastern Cape Legislature.[4] He was the DA's premier candidate in the province for the 2014 general election.[5]


  1. ^ "Athol Trollip". Democratic Alliance. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "DA names parliamentary leader". IOL. 7 May 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
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