Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (South Africa)
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South Africa's Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet consists of Members of the National Assembly who scrutinise their corresponding office holders in the executive branch of government and develop alternative policies for their respective portfolios. The Democratic Alliance retained their position as official opposition following the 2009 general elections and announced their shadow cabinet on 15 May. Not long after Lindiwe Mazibuko was elected as the parliamentary leader by the Democratic Alliance's caucus on 27 October 2011, she announced a new shadow cabinet, on 1 February 2012.
In her capacity of parliamentary leader, Mazibuko leads the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet and represents party leader Helen Zille in parliament, who is at present Premier of the Western Cape. Elected alongside Mazibuko was Watty Watson, as Chief Whip, and former Fulbright Scholar Wilmot James as Chairman of the Caucus. The latest Shadow Cabinet includes the Democratic Alliance's Federal Executive Chairperson James Selfe, CODESA negotiator Dene Smuts, along with former Fulbright Scholar Sej Motau and Harvard Mason Fellow David Maynier.
Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet
Shadow ministers, their deputies and their portfolios
Additional Members in Attendance
|Watty Watson||Opposition Chief Whip in the National Assembly|
|Sandy Kalyan||Opposition Deputy Chief Whip in the National Assembly|
|Vacant||Opposition Chief Whip in the National Council of Provinces|
|Marius Swart||Opposition Spokesperson on the Appropriations Committee|
|Kenneth Mubu||Deputy Opposition Spokesperson on the Appropriations Committee|
|Dion George||Opposition Spokesperson on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA)|
|Pierre Rabie||Deputy Opposition Spokesperson on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA)|
- "Zille's shadow cabinet has nine women".
- Mokone, Thabo (27 October 2011). "Lindiwe Mazibuko elected DA parliamentary leader". Times Live. Retrieved 1 February 2012. "Lindiwe Mazibuko has been resoundingly elected as the Democratic Alliance's new parliamentary leader after she trounced Athol Trollip by 50 votes to 31 in the party’s caucus election on Thursday morning."
- Mazibuko, Lindiwe (1 February 2012). "DA: Statement by Lindiwe Mazibuko, Democratic Alliance Parliamentary leader, on the new shadow cabinet". Polity.org.za. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- "SHADOW CABINET BY PORTFOLIO". Democratic Alliance. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
- This refers specifically to the sub-ministries Performance Monitoring & Evaluation as well as the National Planning Commission, which are located in the Department of The Presidency.