Denise Robinson

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Denise Robinson
Denise Robinson DA MP.jpg
Shadow Minister of Women in the Presidency
Assumed office
Leader Helen Zille
Deputy Shadow Minister of Health
In office
Succeeded by Heinrich Volmink
Shadow Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities
Succeeded by Helen Lamoela
In office
Personal details
Nationality South African
Political party Democratic Alliance
Children 2
Alma mater Rhodes University
Profession Educator

Denise Robinson is a South African politician, currently a Member of Parliament with the Democratic Alliance, and the Shadow Minister of Women in the Presidency

Education and Early Career[edit]

Denise Robinson grew up in Queenstown and matriculated at the Girls High School. She then studied at Rhodes University where she majored in English and History and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a University Education Diploma. She worked as a teacher in Kimberly and Cape Town for some years, then entered the field of adult education. She taught English at Sanlam and worked as a Language Advisor and Translator.[1]

Political career[edit]

She entered politics in 1998 when she became a Proportional Representative councillor in the Tygerberg Municipality for the Democratic Party. She was elected as ward councillor for the Unicity of Cape Town in 2000, representing the Democratic Alliance. She became a Member of Parliament in 2004, serving on the Select Committee of Finance and the Joint Budget Committee in the National Council of Provinces. She was appointed to the committee of the first African Peer Review Mechanism. In 2011, Denise was appointed as the Shadow Minister of Health.[1]

16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children[edit]

In her position as Shadow Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities Denise Robinson drives the 16 Days of Activism Campaign for the DA. This campaign makes the following recommendations:

  • Regularly monitor police stations’ compliance with the Domestic Violence Act.
  • Ensure rape prophylactic kits are available at all police stations.
  • Train volunteers as victim service workers.
  • Enforce maintenance payments
  • Increase funding for social workers, psychologists and counsellors, both at police stations and magistrates courts.
  • Establish more safe houses and subsidised shelters for victims of abuse.



  1. ^ a b "Our people - DA". Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to ADAC". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 

Offices held[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Shadow Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities
Shadow Minister of Health