Mbali Ntuli

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Mbali Ntuli
Mbali Ntuli DA Youth.PNG
Member of Provincial Legislature in KwaZulu-Natal
Assumed office
2014
Personal details
Born c. 1988 (age 28–29)
Nationality South African
Political party Democratic Alliance

Mbali Ntuli (born c. 1988) is a South African politician and a Democratic Alliance member of the provinicial legslature (MPL) of KwaZulu-Natal. She is the former leader of the Democratic Alliance Youth, the youth wing of South Africa's official opposition party.[1] She was elected to this position in May 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Ntuli is a native of Kwazulu-Natal (KZN). She grew up in La Lucia. When she was 8 years old, her father, "Big Ben" Ntuli, the founder of the KwaZulu-Natal Taxi Association,[2] died as a result of taxi violence.[3] In the wake of his death, her extended family feuded over his business. During that time, both she and her brother survived poisoning by their grandmother, and survived another three assassination attempts. Due to the danger they faced, her mother sent Ntuli to boarding school in Wykeham Collegiate, Pietermaritzburg. Ntuli holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from Rhodes University,[1] and runs a taxi business.[2][3][4]

In August 2010, she was chosen as one of 5fm's Women of the Month along with many other notable South African woman.[citation needed]

In May 2011, Ntuli was named one of South Africa's 200 Young People to Watch by the Mail and Guardian in their annual supplement.[citation needed]

Ntuli has also been named as one of the Top 40 Power Women by the Destiny magazine.[citation needed]

In February 2013, Ntuli was named a Trustee of C.R.O.W citing a passion for wildlife as reason for her acceptance of the position.[citation needed]

As of March 2013, Ntuli is an Alum of the prestigious IVLP Programme.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Ntuli is a product of the DA Young Leaders programme, and was part of the 2008 stream. After graduating, Ntuli returned to KwaZulu-Natal, where she was elected provincial DA Youth Chairperson.[5] In that position, she helped the DA to build up their political presence in townships such as KwaMashu and Ntuzuma.[1][2]

She held the office of Chairperson of the DA Youth from 2010; was elected on 18 May 2011 as a councillor for the community of Inanda in the eThekwini Municipality; and succeeded Makashule Gana as DA Youth Federal Leader in 2013.[2]

She was elected to the KwaZulu-Natal legislature after the 2014 general election. Following the election, the DA's KZN leader, Sizwe Mchunu, deployed Ntuli to Mkhanyakude in the north of the province in order to grow support in the area, where the DA had negligible presence.[6] Due to these duties, Ntuli announced in August 2014 that she would stand down as youth leader,[7] to be replaced by Yusuf Cassim,[8] although she remained a DA member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.[2]

Relationship with Helen Zille[edit]

Mbali Ntuli and Helen Zille's public relationship has been characterised by disagreement with each other. South African media have even claimed that there is animosity between the two.[2][6][9]

In 2014, Zille called Ntuli a "princess" and a "prima donna", for "repeated instances" of behaviour that Zille regarded as unprofessional. Ntuli had criticised as "strategically unsound" DA plans to march on Luthuli House to complain about an unfulfilled promise of new jobs by the ANC; although Zille encouraged disagreement, she took issue with Ntuli's unwillingness to discuss the topic with her when she tried to reach out to her.[10]

Ntuli faces internal disciplinary charges in 2017, based on allegations that she in December 2016 "liked" a comment on social media, in response to an article about Zille's controversial tweets in 2016, that called Zille "racist";[11] and that she accused the DA of "inconsistency" in the way it treats contraventions of its social media policy.[9][12] Acting Western Cape DA leader Bonginkosi Madikizela brought the allegations to the party's attention.[11] Despite advice from the DA legal commission that charges not proceed because they could reflect poorly on the party, federal executive chairman James Selfe maintained that it was the federal executive's duty to investigate the matter in order to be consistent with the way that the party addressed social media faux pas such as Zille's and Dianne Kohler Barnard's.[13] "How does one justify charging Ms Kohler Barnard and not Ms Ntuli?" he had asked.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rossouw, Mandy (20 July 2010). "DA tries to shrug off elitist cloak". Mail and Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Pillay, Verashni (2014-08-23). "DA's Mbali Ntuli resigns as youth leader". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Q&A: Mbali Ntuli". Times LIVE. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  4. ^ Legg, Kieran (2014-04-14). "DA's 'naughty' firebrand aims high". Independent Online. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  5. ^ "DA announces Youth Nominations". PoliticsWeb.co.za. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  6. ^ a b "Why DA youth leader Ntuli quit". Independent Online. 2014-08-31. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  7. ^ Whittles, Govan (2014-08-24). "Mbali Ntuli to grow DA presence in northern KZN". Eyewitness News. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  8. ^ Shamase, Nelly (2016-01-29). "DA youth in disarray". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  9. ^ a b Nicolson, Greg (2017-05-15). "Analysis: Ntuli charges highlight the DA's contradictions". www.dailymaverick.co.za. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  10. ^ Aboobaker, Shanti (2014-02-02). "Zille attacks Mbali". Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  11. ^ a b Cele, S’thembile (2017-05-14). "DA official faces charge after anti-Zille Facebook like". News24. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  12. ^ "DA takes Mbali Ntuli on for social media post". eNCA. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  13. ^ Vakil, Caroline (2017-05-16). "Mbali Ntuli and the fine line some DA members must walk on social media". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  14. ^ Mkentane, Luyolo; Monama, Tobogo (2017-05-18). "DA in turmoil after charging Ntuli". Independent Online. Retrieved 2017-05-21.